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Bloodless worm sheds light on human blood, iron deficiency
Date:4/16/2008

chers find ways to treat people who suffer from iron deficiency caused by parasitic worms.

More than two billion people are infected with parasites, says Hamza. Hookworms eat a huge amount of hemoglobin and heme in their hosts. If we can simultaneously understand heme transport pathways in humans and worms, we can exploit heme transport genes to deliver drugs disguised as heme to selectively kill parasites but not harm the host.


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Contact: Ellen Ternes
eternes@umd.edu
301-405-4627
University of Maryland
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