NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Many of the same genetic variant alleles appear to be present in Plasmodium vivax malaria parasites from different parts of the world, according to a malaria parasite sequencing study appearing online in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases last night.

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