Helminth immunogenetics: Why bother?

A. F. Read, M. E. Viney

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The importance of host genotype as a determinant of protective responses against helminth infection is well established. In contrast, there have been relatively few investigations of the role of helminth genotype, despite the importance accorded to the genetics of other disease-causing organisms. Here, Andrew Read and Mark Viney discuss the reasons for this oversight. They argue that it is not for any compelling empirical reason: there is at least as much evidence that worm genetics affects host protective responsiveness as there is that it does not.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-343
Number of pages7
JournalParasitology Today
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Parasitology


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