Roundworm genome sequenced

10/27/2011 | ABC (Australia)

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the swine parasite Ascaris suum, and the research could lead to treatments for humans infected by the roundworm Ascaris lumbricoides, a worm responsible for about 135,000 deaths annually in developing countries. "By sequencing the genome ... we can hopefully develop new drugs," lead investigator Dr. Aaron Jex said. "If and when these [parasites] become resistant to [existing] drugs, we have a backup."

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