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[Published: Thursday September 23 2010]

 Cerebral malaria may have passed to humans from gorillas

London, 23 Sept-(ANA)-Humans may have originally caught malaria from gorillas, scientists say.

Until now, it was thought that the human malaria parasite split off from a chimpanzee parasite when humans and chimpanzees last had a common ancestor.

But researchers from the US, three African countries, and Europe have examined malaria parasites in great ape faeces.

They found the DNA from western gorilla parasites was the most similar to human parasites. (ANA)

FA/ANA/23 September 2010-----


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