Identify the Polymorphic Genetic Markers of Trypanosom Cruzi
Mexico’s National Public Health Institute (INSP) will train two researchers in molecular strategies to identify the polymorphic genetic markers of Trypanosom cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease. They also will learn to use software to analyze the sequences obtained from the parasites. Chagas is a silent chronic disease affecting marginalized, rural, and poor human populations and has a 10% mortality rate in children and 30-40% in adults. Through further training on the genetic markers of T. Cruzi, INSP hopes to become a leader in population genetics in Mexico and the region, including future population genetics studies of other organisms causing public health problems.