With the blood fluke
genome research, we have 300 million base pairs to study, and have 6-7 times more calculations in each step.
2:00 PATHOLOGY, ECOLOGY, AND TAXONOMY OF BLOOD FLUKES (SANGUINICOLIDAE) FROM HEARTS OF FISHES IN THE GULF OF MEXICO
This blood fluke
(magnified 550 times) causes diarrhea.
A chronic and debilitating disease caused by blood flukes
, schistosomiasis kills 300,000 people each year, a death toll second only to malaria among parasitic diseases, and leaves more than 200 million people chronically ill.
CHGC implemented the first phase of blood fluke
genomics sequencing using the new SGI(R) RASC(TM) Appliance and SGI InfiniteStorage 350 storage solution, installed in February.
In a paper entitled "Cytosine methylation regulates oviposition in the pathogenic blood fluke
Schistosoma mansoni," which is published in Nature Communications, Professor Karl Hoffmann from the University's Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences outlines how they have identified a specific DNA modification of the parasitic flatworm Schistosoma mansoni that gives rise to the disease schistosomiasis.
Professor Hoffmann said: "We are incredibly pleased that the Wellcome Trust has selected our team to develop these cutting-edge resources, which will revolutionise our ability to study and manipulate parasitic flatworms including blood flukes
But if they hold up, the lenses could be used to diagnose for the blood flukes
parasite or to help analyze blood smears, pap smears, or urinalysis.