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The World in Medicine
October 17, 2007

Elephantiasis Parasite Genome

JAMA. 2007;298(15):1752. doi:10.1001/jama.298.15.1752-b

An international team of scientists from the United States, England, Scotland, Australia, Canada, and Germany has produced a draft genome of Brugia malayi, a parasitic worm that causes lymphatic filariasis, or elephantiasis (Ghedin E et al. Science. 2007;317[5844]:1756-1760). The infection, which damages the lymphatic system, affects more than 120 million people in 80 countries, and more than 40 million of them are severely incapacitated and disfigured by the disease.

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