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"These genome sequences are helping us to immediately identify new targets for much-needed drug treatment. In addition, exploring the parasites' full DNA sequences is driving our understanding of its complex biology, helping the research community to focus on the most effective drug candidates."
"We have developed a new method to grow tapeworm cells in the laboratory and we're screening these cells against many of the potential drug treatments identified from the genomes. Given that so few successful treatment options are currently available, we hope that we will be able to identify and validate existing drug candidates, relieving the burden of this debilitating, overlooked disease."
"We need to take advantage of this genetic sequence data to find new and improved ways of coping with this problem that devastates much of the developed and developing world. Open access to these complete genomes will accelerate the pace in which we find alternative tools and treatments to combat tapeworm infections."
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