Let’s take a closer look at Toxoplasma gondii and its genome.
Quick facts about Toxoplasma
- Toxoplasma is a unicellular eukaryotic parasite.
- 30-50% of the world’s population is infected with Toxoplasma.
- Toxoplasma has a haploid genome unlike humans who have a diploid genome.
- Toxoplasma has 14 chromosomes; we have 23 pairs.
- The size of the Toxoplasma genome is 67 million base pairs and contains ~9,000 genes. The human genome is 3 billion base pairs and contains close to 20,000 genes.