Chagas disease is an important neglected tropical disease caused by the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. Symptoms may include arrhythmias, cardiomyopathy, and chronic heart failure, but many patients are unaware that they have the disease, as the chronic form can take decades to manifest. Chagas is endemic to Latin America, infects approximately seven million, and millions more are at risk. Chagas is primarily spread to humans through vectors from the Reduviidae family. The scientific community is implementing new technologies to target Chagas, including bioinformatics and next generation sequencing, which are multidisciplinary approaches that utilize large amounts of genetic data. One branch of bioinformatics, transcriptomics, is the analysis of the actively utilized genes in an organism. Understanding T. mopan genetically can be a useful tool in the fight against Chagas transmission, as the transcriptome can provide insight into the triatomine ability to adapt to various habitats or into vector competence in general. While transcriptomic studies have been performed on triatomines, these studies are sparse, and there is not yet a transcriptome assembled for T. mopan. In this study, we assemble the first transcriptome for the newly described Chagas vector, T. mopan.
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