In tapeworm's genome, scientists find possible target for cure

03/13/2013 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Tapeworms have long plagued humans and animals and confounded researchers since the days of the ancient Greeks. As tapeworm larvae spread through the body, infection can lead to epilepsy, blindness and death in hosts such as dogs, sheep and swine. Now, scientists who have mapped the parasite's genome say they believe drugs that disrupt the tapeworm's ability to use fat and cholesterol taken from the host using special proteins may hold the key to a cure.

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