NEW YORK (GenomeWeb Daily News) – Sequencing and subsequent protein analysis of the hookworm Necator americanus found that the parasite has undergone an expansion of proteins that modulate the immune system, according to a study published yesterday in Nature Genetics.

These proteins, the researchers led by the Washington University School of Medicine's Makedonka Mitreva noted, could be tapped as possible targets to treat hookworm infection.

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