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Gene secrets of elephantiasis

24th September 2007

Scientists have unravelled the genetic blueprint of a parasite that causes the disfiguring disease elephantiasis.

Writing in the journal Science, UK and US experts say that identifying the genome of the worm Brugia malayi could eventually lead to new drugs or vaccines for the 130 million people worldwide who are infected.

Elephantiasis is a sign of long-standing infection and recognised as the second-leading cause of disability behind blindness worldwide and is present in 80 countries. The research was carried out at Imperial College, London, and three US institutions.

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