Sequencing the Genome of Plasmodium falciparum
Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases. 1998 Oct 01; 11(5): 531-534.
Advances in microbial genomic sequencing have the potential to revolutionize the control of infectious diseases. Recently, a consortium of researchers and funding agencies from the United States and Great Britain have embarked on a project to sequence the genome from Plasmodium falciparum, the most important cause of human malaria. The Malaria Genome Sequencing Project has reached an important milestone with the completion of the entire DNA sequence and annotation of chromosome 2, a 950 kilobase chromosome of Plasmodium falciparum, This review article will provide an overview of the malaria genome sequencing project, highlight progress in the field of microbial sequencing, and suggest new directions for future malaria research. Curr Opin Infect Dis 11:531-534. (C) 1998 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.