Schistosomiasis Resource Center


What services does this resource provide?

Produces infected snails and mammals and molecular reagents, found here.

  • Snails and mammals are infected with life-cycle stage Schistosoma mansoniS. haematobium, and S. japonicum, the three major schistosome species affecting humans.
  • Non-living schistosome stages, or extracts, are not available, due to the wide variety of schistosome antigenic extracts used for experimental purposes.

Offers support to the research community

  • Provides Standard Operating Procedures for working with infected animals.
  • Disseminates technical information to laboratories on snail cultivation, parasite collection, and host infection.
  • Serves as a backup facility for those investigators who have had problems maintaining life-cycle stages of parasites in their own laboratories.

Click here to access a summary of the history, activities, and accomplishments of the Schistosomiasis Resource Center.

Eligibility Criteria

Investigators in academia, not-for-profit organizations, industry, and government worldwide may request Schistosomiasis Resource Center services. ​

Assurances to Users

All information provided to the contractors who provide services will be treated as confidential.​

Application and Approval Process

To order infected snails and mammals or molecular reagents

Register with BEI Resources to request materials. Registered scientists may request reagents through the BEI Resources catalog online. After your registration application has been approved, you will receive a login name and password. Use these to log in to the website and access the catalog and shopping cart.

An attempt will be made to fill all requests. The annual limit for quantities of materials is indicated on the requisition. However, justifications for exceeding these quantities may be considered.

To obtain support services

Contact the Schistosomiasis Resource Center to obtain

  • Standard Operating Procedures for working with infected animals
  • Technical information on snail cultivation, parasite collection, and host infection
  • Backup for investigators who have had problems maintaining life-cycle stages of parasites in their own laboratories

User Requirements

  • There is no charge for materials.
  • Users are asked to acknowledge NIAID support when publications arise from work using materials and/or schistosome life stages provided by the Schistosomiasis Resource Center.
Content last reviewed on July 21, 2014