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Scientists discover chemical modification in human malaria parasite DNA
December 11, 2013
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.
University of California, Riverside
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