Melbourne Uni cancer researchers make a fluke discovery

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Dr Neil Young and Professor Robin Gasser, scientists at the University of Melbourne have sequenced the genome of a cancer-causing parasite known as the Asian liver fluke.The tiny parasite found in raw fish is known to cause a number of diseases, including fatal bile duct cancer, by releasing proteins that can alter human tissue. These disease affect millions all around Asia.The study could provide a much-needed insight into how parasite is able to survive and thrive within the harsh conditions within the human bile duct.

Professors Young and Gasser believe that their study could lead to new treatments against parasites and parasite-induced cancers around the world.

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Henry Sapiecha

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