fbpx

Life+News The Official News Portal of Independent Television Network Ltd

Scientists find how deadly malaria parasite jumped from gorillas to humans

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor October 16, 2019 13:03

Scientists find how deadly malaria parasite jumped from gorillas to humans

Scientists who resurrected a 50,000-year-old gene sequence have analysed it to figure out how the world’s deadliest malaria parasite jumped from gorillas to humans giving insight into the origins of one of human history’s biggest killers. The researchers said their work also deepens understanding of a process known as zoonosis when a pathogen that can infect animals acquires genetic changes enabling it to infect humans as has been the case with diseases such as flu and Ebola. In the case of the most deadly form of the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, this analysis found that it gained its ability to infect human blood cells from a section of DNA that had transferred from a gorilla parasite.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor October 16, 2019 13:03