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Researchers Map Genetic Sequence of Parasitic Worm

An estimated one to two billion people around the world are infected with soil parasites known as helminthes. Researchers have drawn the genetic blueprint for the hookworm, the most common source of soil-borne parasitic infection in humans. The hookworm’s genetic sequence could lead to better treatments and prevention strategies.   An estimated 700 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, China, Southeast Asia and Indonesia are thought to be infected with hookworms.   These...

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