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Parasitol Today. 1999 Jun;15(6):219-24.

Deep within the filarial genome: progress of the filarial genome project.

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Department of Biological Sciences, Clark Science Center, Smith College, Northampton, MA 01063, USA.


Four years ago, a WHO/United Nations Development Programme/World Bank-sponsored genome project to study the filarial lymphatic nematode parasite Brugia malayi was initiated. The project took as its aims gene discovery for drug target and vaccine candidate identification, genome mapping, dissemination of genomic data to the world community and training of endemic country partners in genomic research. In this article, the principal investigators in the laboratories behind the project describe the background to the project, the data now emerging and goals for the future. Open access to filarial genome data is emphasized.

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