Scientists unravel ‘other’ malaria parasite’s DNA code | MNN – Mother Nature NetworkPosted: August 6, 2012
P. vivax is more resilient than its deadlier, tropical cousin, and can stay in remission for longer and tolerate cooler climates. Yet much less is known about P. vivax, and less attention has been paid to unravelling its genetic code than that of P. falciparum. With their research, a team from India and the United States say they have tripled the number of genome sequences available for P. vivax. They said they observed an “extremely high genomic diversity”, suggesting it may be even harder than for P. falciparum to develop a single vaccine targeting several different strains of P. vivax.