Skip to comments.Cerebral Malaria May Have Passed From Gorillas To Us
Posted on 09/27/2010 7:53:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Humans may have originally caught malaria from gorillas, scientists say... researchers from the US, three African countries, and Europe have examined malaria parasites in great ape faeces. They found the DNA from western gorilla parasites was the most similar to human parasites. Malaria is caused by a parasite called Plasmodium, and is carried by mosquitoes. The most common species found in Africa, Plasmodium falciparum, causes dangerous cerebral malaria. Over 800,000 people die from malaria each year in the continent. Until now, scientists had assumed that when the evolutionary tree of humans split off from that of chimpanzees -- around five to seven million years ago -- so had Plasmodium falciparum... new evidence suggests human malaria is much newer... The human Plasmodium was not very closely related to chimpanzee Plasmodium, as had been thought -- but it was very closely related to one out of three species of gorilla Plasmodium from western gorillas in Central and West Africa... going to investigate further to see exactly how different the gorilla and human parasites are. Dr Hahn says that it is possible they are even the same species, and that cross-infection between humans and gorillas may be going on now.
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We could use DDT to deal with this problem, but the great humanitarians on the Left wouldn't dream of it.
I don’t think you are getting it. It’s not the bugs, its the apes. either kill the gorrillas or don’t live where they live. Or prevent the gorillas from contacting bugs.
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Whenever our ape ancestry is spouted I always think about the times I called my kid “monkey boy” while climbing up the trees and building houses. Oh, that’s right, monkeys don’t build tree houses with hammers and nails. Sorry.
Was the first human to be infected by a Gorilla a “pitcher” or a “catcher?”
Some of the blacklisted actors got work under all that makeup, I believe. John Wayne was also known to bring out-of-work blacklisted actors into his movies. :’) Why yes, I do enjoy making my own fun. ;’)
“Beards? I’m not into fads.”
Could the “First Wookie” be a carrier?
I’ll pass on this one.
What the heck does that mean?
I thought Wookies, being sort of like gorillas might carry it as a mutating virus..
Silent Spring was one of the great junk science hoaxes of the 20th Century and its damage still hasn't been undone.
Do you have a hall pass? Is your middle school teacher looking for you? Does your mommy know you’re using her computer?
Good thing, we’re almost out of the big gorilla-shaped rolls.
“In a few minutes there will be no doll. There can’t be. I’m sorry.”
Well, that paints a pretty picture, yow. ;’)
No, you'll never make a monkey out of me!
(Statue of Liberty rises)
O my God! I was wrong!
It was Earth, all along!
You've finally made a monkey,
Apes: Yes we've finally made a monkey,
Troy: Yes you've
& Apes: finally made a monkey out of me!
Troy: I love you, Dr. Zaius!
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