News of the WeekInfectious Diseases

Malarial Genome Comes Into View

Science  12 Nov 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5443, pp. 1263-1265
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5443.1263a

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On page 1351, researchers pinpoint a series of genetic landmarks across the entire 14-chromosome genome of the deadly malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. It is one of two new maps of the parasite genome unveiled this month; the second, published in the November issue of Nature Genetics, shows a different type of landmark. Researchers say the new maps will be a great help to those working to sequence the parasite's genome; once completed, the sequence may reveal potential targets for antimalaria vaccines or drugs.