In the blood--the remarkable ancestry of Plasmodium falciparum

Conway, DJ; Baum, J; (2002) In the blood--the remarkable ancestry of Plasmodium falciparum. Trends in parasitology, 18 (8). pp. 351-5. ISSN 1471-4922

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Discussions concerning the origin and spread of malaria are popular. Colourful and diverse players, such as early hominids, agriculturalists, conquistadors and various animals, tend to feature prominently in imagined horrible histories. So, what of recent studies on genomic diversity of Plasmodium falciparum that claim to give more precision to the subject? Have they restricted the freeform speculation or just enhanced it? Or, are they pointing to a more important understanding about the parasite that might affect its future?

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Alleles, Animal, DNA, Mitochondrial/*analysis, *Evolution, Molecular, Genes, Protozoan/genetics, Genome, Protozoan, Phylogeny, Plasmodium falciparum/classification/*genetics, *Polymorphism (Genetics), Population Density, Species Specificity
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Pathogen Molecular Biology
Research Centre: Malaria Centre
PubMed ID: 12377285
Web of Science ID: 177220300009


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