Over the past decade or so, our understanding of the biology of apicomplexan parasites has increased dramatically, particularly in the case of malaria. Notable achievements are the availability of complete genome sequences, transcriptome and proteome profiles and the establishment of in vitro transfection techniques for asexual-stage malaria parasites. Interestingly, despite their major economic importance and striking similarities with malaria, Babesia parasites have been relatively ignored, but change is on the horizon. Here, we bring together recent work on Babesia bovis parasites which are beginning to unravel the molecular mechanisms that underlie the pathogenesis of babesiosis and highlight some opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.
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