Charles Criscione at Texas A&M University was first author on a study appearing this week in Genome Biology that created a genetic linkage map for the blood fluke, Schistosoma mansoni, in order to enable more research on this "neglected pathogen," says the abstract. He and his team genotyped grandparents, parents, and 88 progeny to construct a linkage map of 243 microsatellites positioned on 203 of the biggest scaffolds in the genome sequence.

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