Study finds way to track malaria parasite evolution

LONDON, June 14: An international research team says it has found a way to identify hotspots of malaria parasite evolution and track the rise of resistance to malaria drugs faster and more efficiently than before. The success of the technique, which involves analyzing the genetic maps of malaria parasites straight from patients’ blood samples, suggests scientists should be able to track changes in the parasite population and follow the disease’s evolution. (agencies)