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To kill a piroplasm: genetic technologies to advance drug discovery and target identification in Babesia

Caroline D Keroack, Brendan Elsworth, Manoj T Duraisingh

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR PARASITOLOGY | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

Babesia parasites infect a diverse range of vertebrate hosts, from penguins to pigs. Recently, the emergence of zoonotic Babesia infection has been increasing, and the list of species reported to infect humans continues to grow. Babesiosis represents a burgeoning veterinary and medical threat, and the need for novel therapeutic drugs to effectively target this diverse group of parasites is pressing. Here, we review the current culture systems that exist to study and manipulate Babesia parasites, and identify the scope and methods for target discovery and validation to identify novel, potent anti-babesial inhibitors. Challenges exist including difficulties in the culture systems of important ..

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