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Worm genome: ‘Major step’ to stop killer

Scientists have identified the genetic blueprint of the giant intestinal roundworm, Ascaris suum, revealing potential targets to control a devastating parasitic disease.

The disease, known as ascariasis, affects more than one billion people in China, South East Asia, South America, and parts of Africa—killing thousands of people annually and causing chronic effects in young children.

Aaron Jex and Robin Gasser of the University of Melbourne led the international research project. Findings are reported in the journal Nature.

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