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Trypanosomes appear to use a completely novel set of proteins to ensure the correct separation of their chromosomes during cell division.

This is the finding of research from Dr Bungo Akiyoshi, a Sir Henry Dale Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry, together with Professor Keith Gull in the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology.

Their work is described in a recent paper in Cell. It opens up new opportunities for the development of drugs against these organisms which cause tropical diseases, and provides insight into the enigmatic history of the earliest eukaryotes.