I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on how to best identify digestive protease genes from an assembled genome. I have an assembled genome of a nematode in spirurida and was asked to determine if they feed on blood. I have examined numerous nematodes through L4-adult in the definitive host and have never observed a red blood cell, but this is not enough support for my boss to believe me. Since we just recently sequenced and assembled the genome, I think the next logical step would be to look for blood proteases. I know this will not be 100% definitive because some blood proteases will not be characterized, but it is the next logical step in my mind. I thank you in advance for any help you can provide. I have started to download some genes for blood proteases from other nematodes and search my genome for them, but I think there has to be a better way.