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The Human Hookworm Genome has been Decoded

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new study published in Nature Genetics, led by a team of researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, reveals that the hookworm’s genome has been decoded.  These new developments will greatly aid scientists dr. Peter Hotez and dr. Bin Zhan at the Sabine Vaccine Institute, who focus on how different hookworm genes are responsible for invading humans, feeding on human blood and bypassing the host’s immune system. These findings have the potential to lead to new advancements and are welcome given how human hookworm, a neglected tropical disease (NTD), plagues nearly 700 million of the world’s poorest people. [Read More at the Sabine Vaccine Institute Blog]

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