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Researchers Develop Faster Way To Determine Malaria Parasite Origin In Local Outbreaks

New York Times: A Faster Way to Find the Origin of Malaria
“By using a DNA ‘bar code’ of 23 short snips from the genes of parasites that cause malaria, scientists can now often quickly determine where they originated, British researchers report. The information could be useful in fighting local outbreaks, which may be caused by parasites from other parts of the world…” (McNeil, 6/16).

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