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Genetic makeup of drug resistant, Sexually Transmitted Infectious parasite decoded

The nuisance and worries of one of the most common sexually transmitted infections ‘ trichomoniasis ‘ can now be brought under control as the genetic makeup of the parasite has been decoded. The parasite has become increasingly drug resistant? But, to find a solution, this decoding was needed. The new finding reveals potential clues suggesting possible pathways for the disease’s new treatments, diagnostics and a potential vaccine strategy. The genome sequencing project was funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Details on it being published in the January 12 issue of Science, the project is a part of the National Institutes of Health. NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D said, The progress that continues to be made in deciphering the genomes of organisms, such as the Trichomonas vaginalis parasite, helps to further our collective scientific understanding of these organisms, so that we can better address public health issues. And, NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D said, By better understanding the genetic makeup of the Trichomonas vaginalis parasite that causes trichomoniasis, we can target our efforts to developing the most effective medicines to treat the infection and potentially create a way to prevent infection altogether.