Finding a weak link in the frightful parasite Schistosoma

The parasitic disease schistosomiasis is one of the developing world’s worst public health scourges, affecting hundreds of millions of people, yet only a single, limited treatment exists to combat the disease. Researchers at the Morgridge Institute for Research are searching for potential new targets by probing the cellular and developmental biology of its source, the parasitic flatworm Schistosoma. “Understanding how these stem cells drive the development of each life-cycle stage may ultimately help prevent disease transmission,” says senior author Phillip Newmark, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Morgridge investigator and professor of integrative biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (and CMB trainer!) Read the full story by the Morgridge Institute for Research.