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University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine An international team of scientists has traced the origin of Plasmodium vivax, the second-worst malaria parasite of humans, to Africa, according to a study published this week in Nature Communications. Until recently, the closest genetic relatives of human P. vivax were found only in Asian macaques, leading researchers to believe that P. vivax originated in Asia. The study, led by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the...
Continual reintroduction of P. vivax from North Korea could be the cause of change Malaria is one of the major infectious diseases transmitted by mosquitos, with enormous impact on quality of life. According to World Health Organization figures, as of 2010 there were over 219 million reported cases of malaria with an estimated 660,000 deaths. Plasmodium vivax, which is the second most prevalent species of the human malaria parasite, is widely distributed around the world especially in...
Human migrationsâfrom the prehistoric epoch to the present dayâhave extended cultures across the globe. With these travelers have come unwanted stowaways: mosquito-borne parasites belonging to the Plasmodium speciesâ a group responsible for malaria worldwide. Ananias Escalante, a researcher at Arizona State Universityâs Biodesign Institute, as part of a team of collaborators from 10 countries, has been tracking the...
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