Genomic Technology helps to battle costly parasite

Researchers at the University of Calgary-Veterinary Medicine are using genomic technology to examine a parasite’s DNA, to find an effective drug to fight it. They are working on new drugs to treat livestock parasites, especially parasitic roundworms, which cost the Canadian Cattle industry some $210 million a year. Also a problem in the U.S., these parasites are developing drug resistance. Transmitted through the soil, roundworms live and feed in the animal’s intestines, resulting in weight loss, diarrhea, slowed growth rate and anemia.

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