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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.

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