Book Chapter

Understanding Haemonchus contortus Better Through Genomics and Transcriptomics

RB Gasser, EM Schwarz, PK Korhonen, ND Young

HAEMONCHUS CONTORTUS AND HAEMONCHOSIS - PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE TRENDS | Advances in Parasitology | ELSEVIER ACADEMIC PRESS INC | Published : 2016

Abstract

Parasitic roundworms (nematodes) cause substantial mortality and morbidity in animals globally. The barber's pole worm, Haemonchus contortus, is one of the most economically significant parasitic nematodes of small ruminants worldwide. Although this and related nematodes can be controlled relatively well using anthelmintics, resistance against most drugs in common use has become a major problem. Until recently, almost nothing was known about the molecular biology of H. contortus on a global scale. This chapter gives a brief background on H. contortus and haemonchosis, immune responses, vaccine research, chemotherapeutics and current problems associated with drug resistance. It also describes..

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