Study finds way to track malaria parasite evolution | Reuters

Kwiatkowski’s team developed a new technique to extract the parasite’s DNA directly from blood removing as much human DNA from the sample as possible.

The new method means there is no need to grow the parasite in a blood culture in a laboratory dish before deciphering its genetic code, speeding up the process and minimising the potential for mistakes, the researchers explained in a report of the study published in the journal Nature on Wednesday.

The team used the technique to analyse samples from Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Kenya, Mali, Papua New Guinea and Thailand.

via Study finds way to track malaria parasite evolution | Reuters.

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