The CHGC also recognized that the research into the genome of the blood fluke
would require them to run much more than BLAST-n.
They are relevant to medical researchers because they are the putative immediate ancestors to the blood flukes
that cause schistosomiasis (Schistosomatidae), a disease that debilitates millions of people annually.
Bilharzias, also known as Schistosomiasis, or snail fever, is a primarily tropical parasitic disease caused by the larvae of one or more of five types of flatworms or blood flukes
known as schistosomes.
Schistosomes are blood flukes
, or flatworms, that infect people through the skin during the parasite's waterborne larval stage.
Bilharziasis Parasites called blood flukes
are responsible for this disease, which affects 200 million people a year in Egypt, Africa, the Far East, South America, Portugal and Cyprus.
Schistosomiasis is a parasitic disease caused by blood flukes
(trematodes) of the genus Schistosoma.
To the Editor: Schistosomiasis, known since ancient times, is caused by blood flukes
The parasites that cause this disease, several related species of blood flukes
, are also fascinating subjects for biologic research because of their complexity, relatively long lifespan, and remarkable host-parasite biology.