New drugs are needed urgently to win the war against parasites that cause many serious diseases that are endemic or resurgent in some of the World's poorest countries. Post-genomic technologies provide a powerful resource that can be exploited during the drug-discovery process. With genome sequencers able to uncover secrets from even the most experimentally intractable of pathogens, the complete and annotated genomes from a number of the most medically important parasites are now, or will soon be, published. Already, the information that has been released from these projects has been put to good use in identifying new potential drug targets.

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