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New Ovale Malaria Species Interview

May 4, 2010 - 23:37 -- Onome Akpogheneta

Researchers have identified a ‘new’ and distinct form of the malaria parasite which naturally infects humans. This finding adds another human malaria parasite to the previously identified 5 species of Plasmodium already known to infect humans. After analysing the DNA sequences of Plasmodium parasites from the ovale species, the investigators determined that the Plasmodium ovale parasite, which has until now been considered to be a single species, is actually 2 different species.

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