Malaria-gorilla-origin

Malaria-gorilla-origin

Although humans share most of their genes—and many analogous diseases—with chimpanzees, these close relatives are not likely to blame for the menace of human malaria, according to new genetic research.

Malaria kills some one million people worldwide each year and sickens another 350 million to 500 million. In recent years the origins of this disease, the most common and deadly form of which is from the protozoan parasite Plasmodium falciparum carried by the Anopheles mosquito, had been winnowed down to the chimpanzee.

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