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Press Release 10-117
Setting a Molecular Clock for Malaria Parasites

Evolutionary timeline determined for malaria parasites in mammals, birds, reptiles

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Photo showing red blood cells infected with malaria parasites (cell nucleus in blue).

Malaria parasites inside: red blood cells infected with malaria parasites (cell nucleus in blue).

Credit: Biomedical Primate Research Centre/Netherlands


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Photo of malaria parasite within a human red blood cell.

Malaria parasite within a human red blood cell: where the disease begins.

Credit: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


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Illustration showing how malaria starts with a bite of an infected mosquito and is passed along.

Malaria in humans starts with the bite of a mosquito infected with a malaria-carrying parasite.

Credit: National Institutes of Health


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An 1800s sketch of the malaria parasite by the French doctor Alphonse Laveran.

An 1800s sketch by Alphonse Laveran, the French doctor who identified the malaria parasite.

Credit: U.S. Centers for Disease Control


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Cover of the July 9, 2010 issue of the journal Science.

The researchers' findings are described in the July 9, 2010 issue of the journal Science.

Credit: AAAS Copyright 2010


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