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An unsettling picture emerges from population genomic studies of Plasmodium vivax

Two new studies confirm that Plasmodium vivax populations are more diverse than Plasmodium falciparum and identify signs of recent selection at many loci, including those for drug resistance. P. vivax shows a trend of regional adaptations that poses challenges to global efforts to control and eliminate this major cause of relapsing malaria.

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Kissinger, J. An unsettling picture emerges from population genomic studies of Plasmodium vivax. Nat Genet 48, 825–826 (2016).

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