By sequencing the genome of this single-celled coccidian parasite, scientists hope to develop better vaccines to protect poultry from a disease that causes severe diarrhoea and death.
Dr Stephen Doyle, in the Sanger Institute’s Parasites and Microbes Programme, has just been awarded a new UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship to use genomic approaches at population to single cell resolution to understand how H. contortus evolves in response to drug treatments.
Malaria - and the parasite that causes it - is complicated. Not only does the single-celled parasite move between humans and mosquitoes, but it exists in different forms, each with different shapes and functions. Researchers have now mapped out its life cycle in more detail than ever before.