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Chinese Scientists Release Schistosome Genome; Parasite Responsible for Snail Fever

NEW YORK, May 17 (GenomeWeb News) - Chinese scientists have released the genome of the Japanese schistosome parasite, according to Chinese media.

The genome can be found here.


The five-year project that sequenced the genome was supported by local and central governments, and the ChineseAcademyof Sciences, according to


Schistosome, which is found in contaminated water, can cause schistosomiasis, which is also known as snail fever, blood flukes, and bilharzias, reported. The parasite is prevalent in 76 countries, particularly in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

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