Published in Malaria Weekly, November 28th, 2005
A 5-year study of over 3,500 children living in eastern Kenya, shows that household conditions can play a major role in susceptibility to the disease, which kills around 2m people every year.
And although some of this is explained by families who live together sharing some malaria-resistant genes, the biggest impact seems to come from household conditions. Even the well-known resistance gene, sickle cell, contributes just a small amount to malaria risk.
Dr. Margaret Mackinnon, who carried...
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