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The long and short of next generation sequencing for Cryptosporidium research.

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posted on 2022-04-20, 08:37 authored by Tapoka T Mkandawire, Adam Sateriale
The intestinal parasite Cryptosporidium is a significant cause of severe diarrhoeal disease that can have long term effects. Therapeutic options remain limited despite a significant impact on public health, partly due to various challenges in the field of Cryptosporidium research, including the availability of genomic and transcriptomic data from environmental and clinical isolates. In this review we explore how long read DNA and RNA sequencing technologies have begun to provide novel insights into the biology of the parasite. The increased deployment of these technologies will help researchers address key gaps in the understanding of Cryptosporidium biology, and ultimately drive translational research and better parasite control.