Scientists Move Closer to Curing Tsetse Sleeping Sickness

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A tsetse fly feeds on human blood. (Photo: Courtesy)

Scientists have sequenced and annotated
the genome of sleeping sickness disease vectors. The study which has
been published this month in Science, describes the genetic code for a representative Savannah species of tsetse fly (Glossina morsitans),
vectors of protozoan parasites, trypanosomes that cause sleeping
sickness in humans and nagana in animals mainly in sub-Saharan Africa.
It is estimated that 70 million people are at risk of infection and
economic loss in agricultural output runs into several billion US $ per
year.

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