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The life cycle of the malaria parasite (animation)

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View an interactive animation of the life cycle of the malaria parasite, of the genus Plasmodium. The lifecycle of the malaria parasite is split between female mosquitoes and humans. In the mosquito gut, the parasites complete sexual reproduction and then multiply rapidly to produce many more parasites. The human stages begin with a bite from a malaria-infected mosquito. The parasites multiply in the liver and then invade red blood cells. The cycle is completed when a different female mosquito bites the host and consumes the parasite-infected red blood cells. Credit : Wellcome Collection http://www.wellcomecollection.org/

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