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Schistosoma japonicum

BioProject PRJNA724792 | Data Source Tongji University School of Medicine | Taxonomy ID 6182

About Schistosoma japonicum

The trematode Schistosoma japonicum, or Asian blood fluke, is a parasite of significant public health importance in China, Taiwan, the Philippines and Southeast Asia. S. japonicum is one of the three major infectious agents responsible for the chronic debilitating disease schistosomiasis. The intermediate host for the parasite is snail and the definitive host a wide range of at least 31 species of wild mammals, therefore it can be considered a true zoonosis. Burdens of morbidity are high and schistosomiasis may contribute to several hundred thousand human deaths annually.

There are 2 alternative genome projects for Schistosoma japonicum available in WormBase ParaSite: PRJEA34885 PRJNA520774

Genome Assembly & Annotation


The full assembly process is described in Xu et al., (2022). Scaffolding was conducted using bowtie 2 version Raw PacBio reads were aligned to each other using daligner, executed using the falcon (version 0.7) assembler. Overlapping reads and raw subreads were processed to produce consensus sequences.


The full annotation process is described in Xu et al., (2022).

Key Publications

Assembly Statistics

AssemblyASM2521551v1, GCA_025215515.1
Database VersionWBPS19
Genome Size406,576,294
Data SourceTongji University School of Medicine
Annotation Version2023-10-WormBase

Gene counts

Coding genes9,760
Gene transcripts9,761

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