Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

TIGR, ILRI Sequence Genome of Cattle Parasite T. parva

NEW YORK, June 30 (GenomeWeb News) - The Institute for Genomic Research and the Kenya-based International Livestock Research Institute have sequenced the genome of the bacterium Theileria parva, a cattle parasite, the organizations said today.


The study shows the genome to comprise four chromosomes totaling approximately 9 Mb with no highly repetitive sequences detectable by reassociation kinetics. The paper appears in the current issue of the journal Science.


The research may lead to a vaccine to East Coast fever, a cattle disease endemic to several African countries, as well as shed light on the process through which cells become cancerous, the statement said.


"This parasite has an astonishing ability to induce cancer in its host [white blood cells] in a way that is reversible," Vish Nene, a former ILRI scientist who came to TIGR in 2001, said in the statement. "There are clear links to cancer biology in humans, and this study has given us some clues to pursue."

The Scan

Researchers Compare WGS, Exome Sequencing-Based Mendelian Disease Diagnosis

Investigators find a diagnostic edge for whole-genome sequencing, while highlighting the cost advantages and improving diagnostic rate of exome sequencing in EJHG.

Researchers Retrace Key Mutations in Reassorted H1N1 Swine Flu Virus With Avian-Like Features

Mutations in the acidic polymerase-coding gene boost the pathogenicity and transmissibility of Eurasian avian-like H1N1 swine influenza viruses, a PNAS paper finds.

Genome Sequences Reveal Evolutionary History of South America's Canids

An analysis in PNAS of South American canid species' genomes offers a look at their evolutionary history, as well as their relationships and adaptations.

Lung Cancer Response to Checkpoint Inhibitors Reflected in Circulating Tumor DNA

In non-small cell lung cancer patients, researchers find in JCO Precision Oncology that survival benefits after immune checkpoint blockade coincide with a dip in ctDNA levels.