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Characterization of the Schistosoma transcriptome opens up the world of helminth genomics

Karl F Hoffmann* and David W Dunne

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Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge, Tennis Court Road, Cambridge CB2 1QP, UK

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Genome Biology 2003, 5:203  doi:

Published: 24 December 2003


Among the metazoan parasites that cause debilitating disease in man, schistosomes are the first group for which near-complete transcriptome complements have been described. This new genomic information will have an enormous impact on all future investigations into the biology, pathogenesis and control of schistosomiasis.