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New book tells story of 10-year-old malaria project
Date:8/17/2012

RIVERSIDE, Calif. Few infectious diseases can rival malaria's ability to kill and cripple. Each year the disease causes hundreds of millions of people to be sickened and more than a million mostly African children under the age of five die.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the announcement of the genome sequence of the deadly human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum and its mosquito vector Anopheles.

A new book on malaria "The Malaria Genome Projects: Promise, Progress, and Prospects" (Imperial College Press, 2012) tells the story of how the Plasmodium falciparum Genome Project came into being, the people who created it, and the vast cadre of scientists attempting to realize the promise of the 10-year-old project.

"I wrote this book the fourth one on malaria since my retirement for those who want to know more about the biology of malaria parasites and the mosquitoes that transmit the disease," said Irwin W. Sherman, a professor emeritus of biology at the University of California, Riverside and the book's author. "This book brings us to the present with regard to malaria research."

Sherman said he approached the topic in an historic fashion to give those new to the field, or those with insufficient background, an easier entry point.

"Through this approach even those already in the field may better appreciate how discoveries made in the past can impact the direction of future malaria research," said Sherman, currently a visiting scientist at the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

He explained that to decode the genome the entire sequence of genes of Plasmodium falciparum took six years of effort by a multinational team of scient
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Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@ucr.edu
951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside
Source:Eurekalert  

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