Big bang in the evolution of extant malaria parasites.

@article{Hayakawa2008BigBI,
  title={Big bang in the evolution of extant malaria parasites.},
  author={Toshiyuki Hayakawa and Richard Culleton and Hiroto Otani and Toshihiro Horii and Kazuyuki Tanabe},
  journal={Molecular biology and evolution},
  year={2008},
  volume={25 10},
  pages={
          2233-9
        }
}
Malaria parasites (genus Plasmodium) infect all classes of terrestrial vertebrates and display host specificity in their infections. It is therefore assumed that malaria parasites coevolved intimately with their hosts. Here, we propose a novel scenario of malaria parasite-host coevolution. A phylogenetic tree constructed using the malaria parasite mitochondrial genome reveals that the extant primate, rodent, bird, and reptile parasite lineages rapidly diverged from a common ancestor during an… CONTINUE READING

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