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Researchers Crack Malaria Genome

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Science  15 Feb 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5558, pp. 1207
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5558.1207a

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA-- Genome scientists call it the toughest microbe they ever took on. But at a meeting last Monday, an international group presented the long-awaited first glimpse of the full genome of Plasmodium falciparum, the most important malaria parasite. A project to sequence the genome, begun 6 years ago, is now almost finished, and the results could be published this summer.