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Health Agencies Update
December 16, 1998

Genes Decoded for Malaria . . .

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JAMA. 1998;280(23):1978. doi:10.1001/jama.280.23.1978

Scientists have determined the genetic sequence of chromosome 2 of Plasmodium falciparum, the deadliest of the four Plasmodium parasites that cause malaria in humans. The report, which appeared in the November 6 issue ofScience, is the first to describe the complete genetic sequence of a parasite chromosome.

The work was a collaborative effort by investigators from the Institute for Genomic Research, Rockville, Md; the Naval Medical Research Center and the National Center for Biotechnology Information of the National Library of Medicine, both in Bethesda, Md; New York University, New York; and The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.

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