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molecular clock

A molecular clock for malaria parasites

July 16, 2010 - 14:14 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Author(s): 
R.E Ricklefs, D.C Outlaw
Reference: 
Science 9 July 2010, Vol. 329. no. 5988, pp. 226 – 229

The evolutionary origins of new lineages of pathogens are fundamental to understanding emerging diseases. Phylogenetic reconstruction based on DNA sequences has revealed the sister taxa of human pathogens, but the timing of host-switching events, including the human malaria pathogen Plasmodium falciparum, remains controversial.

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