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Entamoeba histolytica
Entamoeba histolytica trophozoite. Photo credit: Stefan Walkowski. CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The genome sequence and gene models of Entamoeba histolytica were not determined by the Joint Genome Institute (JGI), but were downloaded from NCBI on May 29, 2018. In order to allow comparative analyses with other genomes sequenced by the JGI, a copy of this genome is incorporated into the JGI Genome Portal. JGI tools were used to automatically annotate predicted proteins. Please note that this copy of the genome is not maintained by NCBI and is therefore not automatically updated.

The following text comes from NCBI Genome:

Entamoeba histolytica

Entamoeba histolytica is a protozoan intestinal parasite that causes amoebiasis in humans. The disease affects 30-50 million people every year world-wide, with an annual mortality rate of 40,000-100,000. In some cases, infected individuals (approximately 10%) can develop invasive intestinal and/or extraintestinal (liver, lungs and brain) amoebiasis, the symptoms of which can be mild to fatal. Amongst parasitic diseases, E. histolytica is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in developing countries. E. histolytica, like all amoebas is transmitted by ingestion of cysts in fecally contaminated food, water or hands. Due to their protective walls, the cysts can remain viable for several weeks in external environments.

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