Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, July 4th, 2000
The CD36 gene protein is a receptor for malarial parasite-infected red blood cells.
According to a Nature press release, Timothy J. Aitman of the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, Hammersmith Hospital, London, U.K., and colleagues believe "that CD36 mutations in Africans are maintained by unidentified selection pressures, probably a prevalent infection, other than malaria."
Scientists hypothesize that...
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