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Scientists discover chemical modification in human malaria parasite DNA


December 11, 2013

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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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