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Cryptosporidium Genome Suggests New Drug, Vaccine Targets

NEW YORK, Nov. 1 (GenomeWeb News) - A consortium of researchers has sequenced the genome of Cryptosporidium hominis, a unicellular pathogen that causes gastroenteritis and diarrhea in humans.


Led by VirginiaCommonwealthUniversityscientists, the group sequenced all eight chromosomes of the parasite, comprising 9.2 million base pairs. The researchers published their findings in last week's Nature.


C. hominis' genes, they found, reflect its environmental niche. Its tailored physiology provides attractive therapeutic and vaccine targets, they write in the report.

The Scan

Not Immediately Told

The US National Institutes of Health tells lawmakers that one of its grantees did not immediately report that it had developed a more infectious coronavirus, Science says.

Seems Effective in Kids

The Associated Press reports that the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children appears to be highly effective at preventing symptomatic disease.

Intelligence Warning on Bioeconomy Threats

US intelligence warns over China's focus on technologies and data related to the bioeconomy, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Campylobacteriosis Sources, Inherited Retinal Dystrophies, Liver Cancer Prognosis

In PLOS this week: approach to uncover source of Campylobacteriosis, genetic risk factors for inherited retinal dystrophies, and more.