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NEW YORK – Researchers have generated a cell atlas for malaria parasites that stretches across its life cycle.

This atlas, the researchers said, could help spur the development of new ways of both preventing and treating malaria. Single-celled malaria parasites infect some 219 million people worldwide and lead to half a million deaths each year, according to the World Health Organization.

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