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New drugs for an ancient parasite

Only one drug is widely used to treat schistosomiasis, a chronic, neglected tropical disease caused by parasitic blood flukes. Fears of potential drug resistance have accelerated the search for new classes of antischistosome drugs. A promising candidate has now emerged (pages 407–412).

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Figure 2: An integrated approach is needed to eliminate schistosomiasis.


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Loukas, A., Bethony, J. New drugs for an ancient parasite. Nat Med 14, 365–367 (2008).

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