The study led by Dr. Sara Lustigman, Head of Laboratory of Molecular Parasitology, has unraveled the genome of the worm parasite that causes river blindness. The work was highlighted on the cover of Nature Microbiology journal (see image) with the caption: “Turning the tide on river blindness: Characterization of the genomes of the parasite Onchocerca volvulus, the causative agent of river blindness, and its Wolbachia symbiont reveals potential therapeutic targets.” 

 

The genome of Onchocerca volvulus, agent of river blindness
Nature Microbiology 2016 Nov 21;2:16216. doi: 10.1038/nmicrobiol.2016.216.

Cotton JA, Bennuru S, Grote A, Harsha B, Tracey A, Beech R, Doyle SR, Dunn M, Hotopp JC, Holroyd N, Kikuchi T, Lambert O, Mhashilkar A, Mutowo P, Nursimulu N, Ribeiro JM, Rogers MB, Stanley E, Swapna LS, Tsai IJ, Unnasch TR, Voronin D, Parkinson J, Nutman TB, Ghedin E, Berriman M, Lustigman S