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The fifth parasite: Malaysia studies new malarial strain


Shelf of curiosities: Dr Sharma with part of UPM’s national parasite reference collection. Jars of parasites dating back to the 1970s are stored at the building’s parasitology lab. Current research focuses on P. knowlesi, a type of simian malaria shown to be an emerging zoonotic disease.

Shelf of curiosities: Dr Sharma with part of UPM’s national parasite reference collection. Jars of parasites dating back to the 1970s are stored at the building’s parasitology lab. Current research focuses on P. knowlesi, a type of simian malaria shown to be an emerging zoonotic disease.

A deadly malarial strain has made the leap from monkeys to humans, and Malaysia is at the forefront of the research.

   

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