National Institutes of Health (NIH)-Funded Scientists Solve Genetic Code of Parasitic Worm that Causes Elephantiasis

Published: Sep 21, 2007

More than 150 million people worldwide are infected with filarial parasites — long, thread-like worms that can live for years inside the human body and cause severe, debilitating diseases such as elephantiasis. Mosquitoes spread the larvae of these parasitic nematodes from human to human, placing at risk more than a billion people who live in places in Africa, Asia and Latin America where filarial parasites thrive.

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