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Scientists discover chemical modification in human malaria parasite DNA


December 11, 2013

life cycle of the human malaria parasite University of California, Riverside, researchers who are trying to understand the biology of Plasmodium, the human malaria parasite, have discovered a potential weakness--low levels of DNA methylation in Plasmodium's genome that may be critical to the survival of the parasite. Until now, the existence of DNA methylation--a biochemical process involving the modification of DNA--in the Plasmodium parasite was disputable. Full Story

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