Recent advances in Schistosoma genomics

M. M. Mourão, C. Grunau, P. T. Loverde, M. K. Jones, G. Oliveira

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Schistosome research has entered the genomic era with the publications reporting the Schistosoma mansoni and Schistosoma japonicum genomes. Schistosome genomics is motivated by the need for new control tools. However, much can also be learned about the biology of Schistosoma, which is a tractable experimental model. In this article, we review the recent achievements in the field of schistosome research and discuss future perspectives on genomics and how it can be integrated in a usable format, on the genetic mapping and how it has improved the genome assembly and provided new research approaches, on how epigenetics provides interesting insights into the biology of the species and on new functional genomics tools that will contribute to the understanding of the function of genes, many of which are parasite- or taxon specific.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-162
Number of pages12
JournalParasite Immunology
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Feb 2012


  • Disease
  • Epigenetics
  • Functional genomics
  • Genomics
  • Parasite
  • Schistosoma spp
  • Schistosomiasis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Immunology


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