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The dynamics of mutations associated with anti-malarial drug resistance in Plasmodium falciparum.

November 18, 2009 - 12:38 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Author(s): 
Ananias A. Escalante, David L. Smith, Yuseob Kim.
Reference: 
Trends in Parasitology, Volume 25, Issue 12, December 2009, Pages 557-563, doi:10.1016/j.pt.2009.09.008

The evolution of resistance in Plasmodium falciparum against safe and affordable drugs such as chloroquine (CQ) and sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) is a major global health threat. Investigating the dynamics of resistance against these antimalarial drugs will lead to approaches for addressing the problem of resistance in malarial parasites that are solidly based in evolutionary genetics and population biology. In this article, we discuss current developments in population biology modeling and evolutionary genetics.

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