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Date: Fri, 9 Jul 2010 07:26:36 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Humans First Acquired Malaria Parasites 2.5 Million Years Ago
Humans First Acquired Malaria Parasites 2.5 Million Years Ago
Thu, 08 Jul 2010 15:51:00 -0500
Scientists have determined the evolutionary timeline for the microscopic parasites that cause one of the world's most widespread infectious diseases: malaria.
Having an understanding of the origins of the lineages of such pathogens, or disease-causing organisms, is fundamental to understanding emerging diseases, according to the researchers.
The origin of malaria in humans has been dated to as recent as 10,000 years ago and as long as several million years ago.
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