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P. brasilianum

Unresolved direction of host transfer of Plasmodium vivax v. P. simium and P. malariae v. P. brasilianum

December 20, 2010 - 09:34 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Loubna Tazi, Francisco J. Ayala
Reference: 
Infection, Genetics and Evolution, Volume 11, Issue 1, January 2011, Pages 209-221

Here, we investigate the phylogenies, haplotype networks, positive selection and genetic diversity among these parasite species by means of four genes. Human P. vivax and primate P. simium recently derived one from the other; at least two host transfers have occurred. Human P. malariae and primate P. brasilianum also have recently derived one from the other by lateral host transfer.

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