Some 280 million cases of giardiasis occur in the world each year and its infectivity is due to its "genomic wardrobe," according to this New York Times story. Biologists led by Hugo Luján at the Catholic University of Córdoba in Argentina have discovered that the parasite uses RNAi to silence expression of all but one of its 190 coat proteins to confer resistance to immunity.

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