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Peter Hotez, Sabin President, was a contributer in a study that succesfully sequenced the genome of the hookworm.

The genome of the hookworm has been sequenced, paving the way for better remedies against the disease-causing parasite that infects about 700 million people, according to a new study. An international team of researchers identified genes that help the hookworm invade its host, evade the body's immune defences, and feed undisturbed on human blood for up to a decade.

"Our findings provide information on molecules that are essential for the worm's survival, therefore making them potential candidates for development of therapeutics to combat hookworm infections," says study co-author Makedonka Mitreva of the Washington University School of Medicine.

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