New methods to control malaria could result from a research that claims the disease had evolved along with humans.
Scientists at Imperial College London found that the deadly tropical disease evolved alongside humans and moved with our ancestors as they migrated out of Africa around 60-80,000 years ago. The findings and the techniques in the study could be important in informing current control strategies aimed at reducing the prevalence of malaria.
The team characterised the largest collection of malaria parasites ever assembled, by DNA sequencing to track the parasite's age and discovered clear correlation of decreasing genetic diversity with distance from sub-Saharan Africa.
The research is published in the journal Current Biology.