serving the trypanosome research
community since 1999

The top left panel shows original drawings by Surgeon-Captain David Bruce, of the British Army Medical Service, who identified Trypanosoma brucei as the cause of the 'tsetse fly disease' in African cattle in 1895. The human disease is called Sleeping Sickness: infection leads rapidly to coma and death.

The left panel shows a color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph of Trypanosoma brucei among blood cells. © Michael Duszenko, University of Tübingen, Germany.

A comprehensive set of ~13,000 complete and partial VSGs and corresponding coding sequences from several trypanosome species and strains, finalized in 2017, are available for downloading here. They are all available in GenBank.

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