On the Diversity of Malaria Parasites in African Apes and the Origin of Plasmodium falciparum from Bonobos

The origin of Plasmodium falciparum, the etiological agent of the most dangerous forms of human malaria, remains controversial. Although investigations of homologous parasites in African Apes are crucial to resolve this issue, studies have been restricted to a chimpanzee parasite related to P. falciparum, P. reichenowi, for which a single isolate was… CONTINUE READING
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