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Malaria

23 September 2010

Gorillas gave man malaria

The parasite that causes the most lethal strain of malaria among humans crossed the species barrier from gorillas, scientists reported.

The parasite that causes the most lethal strain of malaria among humans crossed the species barrier from gorillas, scientists reported.

Until now, conventional thinking was that the parasite was first transmitted to humans from chimpanzees, our closest relatives, from which we genetically diverged between five and seven million years ago.

 

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