Tapeworm Genome Points Way to Better Drug Treatments, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Study

Published: Mar 14, 2013

Scientists have for the first time mapped the genomes of tapeworms, shedding light on the evolution of one of humankind's oldest parasites and revealing new possibilities for drug treatments. DNA analysis of the tapeworms suggests that a number of existing medicines for cancer, viruses and other diseases may be able to fight serious illness caused by their larvae, which can spread through the body causing damaging cysts.

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