22 September 1995
Vol 269, Issue 5231

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Mature oocyst stage (40 to 60 μm) of a human malaria parasite on the midgut wall of a wild-caught, blood-fed anopheline mosquito from Madang, Papua New Guinea. Measurement of genetic heterozygosity of this stage reveals that the malaria parasite is highly inbred in Papua New Guinea, which has significant implications for the spread of drug-resistant parasite strains. See page 1709 and the related News story on page 1670. [Image: Courtesy of P. Graves, Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, University of Colorado]