22 May 2011

Gene clues to African cattle disease

Scientists studying tsetse fly-borne sleeping sickness and a severe version found in cattle have found genes that may help rescue the livelihoods of millions of African farmers.

Scientists studying the tsetse fly-borne disease "sleeping sickness" and a devastating version found in cattle say they have found two genes that may in future help rescue the livelihoods of millions of farmers in Africa.

Although the parasite is best known for sleeping sickness, which in its advanced stages causes sleep disturbance and can be fatal if left untreated, experts say its highest toll in terms of human welfare is from sick, wasting cattle and farming productivity losses.


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