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The gorilla connection

Plasmodium falciparum is the agent of the deadliest form of human malaria. A survey of Plasmodium diversity in African apes reveals that western gorillas are the reservoir species for this parasite. See Article p. 420

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Figure 1: Origin of human Plasmodium falciparum.


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