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Cerebral Malaria May Have Passed From Gorillas To Us
BBC News ^ | September 22, 2010 | Katie Alcock

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; gorilla; health; malaria

1 posted on 09/27/2010 7:53:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv
Over 800,000 people die from malaria each year in the continent.

We could use DDT to deal with this problem, but the great humanitarians on the Left wouldn't dream of it.

2 posted on 09/27/2010 7:58:01 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Things will change after the revolution, but not before.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

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.


3 posted on 09/27/2010 8:03:38 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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4 posted on 09/27/2010 8:04:40 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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To: SunkenCiv

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.


5 posted on 09/27/2010 8:05:14 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: SunkenCiv
In every swap, and wooded area, mosquito. witches brew malaria... ~ from a poem by Ogden Nash.
6 posted on 09/27/2010 8:05:46 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

7 posted on 09/27/2010 8:07:23 PM PDT by The Comedian
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To: SunkenCiv

Was the first human to be infected by a Gorilla a “pitcher” or a “catcher?”


8 posted on 09/27/2010 8:11:13 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Liberalism and Patriotism cannot coexist.)
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To: The Comedian

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.”


9 posted on 09/27/2010 8:23:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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To: SunkenCiv
"Would an ape make a human doll...that *posts*?"

Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

10 posted on 09/27/2010 8:25:45 PM PDT by The Comedian
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To: huldah1776

Could the “First Wookie” be a carrier?


11 posted on 09/27/2010 8:51:37 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: SunkenCiv

I’ll pass on this one.


12 posted on 09/27/2010 9:40:06 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
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To: sheik yerbouty

What the heck does that mean?


13 posted on 09/28/2010 6:19:38 AM PDT by SuzyQue (Remember to think.)
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To: sheik yerbouty

I thought Wookies, being sort of like gorillas might carry it as a mutating virus..


14 posted on 09/28/2010 12:14:15 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: ClearCase_guy
We could use DDT to deal with this problem, but the great humanitarians on the Left wouldn't dream of it.

Silent Spring was one of the great junk science hoaxes of the 20th Century and its damage still hasn't been undone.

15 posted on 09/28/2010 2:29:41 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: sheik yerbouty

Do you have a hall pass? Is your middle school teacher looking for you? Does your mommy know you’re using her computer?


16 posted on 09/28/2010 6:18:08 PM PDT by SuzyQue (Remember to think.)
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To: ApplegateRanch

Good thing, we’re almost out of the big gorilla-shaped rolls.


17 posted on 09/28/2010 8:08:05 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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To: The Comedian

“In a few minutes there will be no doll. There can’t be. I’m sorry.”


18 posted on 09/28/2010 8:09:57 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Well, that paints a pretty picture, yow. ;’)


19 posted on 09/28/2010 8:19:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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To: SunkenCiv

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!


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

20 posted on 09/28/2010 8:50:22 PM PDT by The Comedian
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To: SuzyQue

“My mother lets me..”


21 posted on 09/28/2010 10:51:41 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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