Washington: Researchers have for the first time identified a "programmed cell death" pathway in parasitic worms which they claim could one day lead to treatments for schistosomiasis, one of the world`s most serious diseases. A team at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, led by Dr Erinna Lee and Dr Doug Fairlie, programmed cell death (also called apoptosis) in human cells. They have recently started studying the process in schistosomes, parasitic fluke worms responsible for the deadly disease.
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