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Boston College researcher looks to stop a deadly parasite in its tracks
Date:12/10/2012

Advances in cellular biology and genome sequencing have paved the way for this type of project, Gubbels said. Armed with these tools, researchers can make more focused inquiries into the functions those genes control.

Toxoplasma gondii has steadily grown as a research priority since the 1960s, when it was discovered that cats host the parasite in its reproductive stage. Pregnant women are urged to avoid close contact with cats and cat feces during pregnancy, since toxoplasmosis can cause birth defects. During the onset of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, toxoplasmosis claimed many victims whose immune systems were compromised by the virus, Gubbels said. The decoding of the parasite's genome within the past decade has further advanced research into a largely unseen killer.


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Contact: Ed Hayward
ed.hayward@bc.edu
617-552-4826
Boston College
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