Gaps in parasitological research in the molecular era

Trends Parasitol. 2024 Apr;40(4):283-291. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2024 Feb 29.


We live in the age of molecular biology and '-omics', and molecular methods have opened up unimagined possibilities for biological research, including parasitology. However, too one-sided a focus on new approaches can lead to major gaps as less 'cool' topics are neglected. Selected areas of research are briefly discussed to highlight the gaps caused by the current excessive focus on molecular and '-omics' methods. It is crucial to combine both 'classical' and modern methods without neglecting the complexity of the interactions of parasites with their hosts and the environment (One Health concept), which is even more urgent in today's rapidly changing world. Parasitologists should be more involved in field studies and multidisciplinary assessment of parasites.

Keywords: diagnosis; diversity; ecology; integrative approach; life cycles; molecular revolution.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Molecular Biology
  • Parasites* / genetics