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Scientists who resurrected a 50,000-year-old gene sequence have analyzed it to figure out how the world’s deadliest malaria parasite jumped from gorillas to humans — giving insight into the origins of one of human history’s biggest killers.

The researchers said their work also deepens understanding of a process known as zoonosis — when a pathogen that can infect animals acquires genetic changes enabling it to infect humans — as has been the case with diseases such as flu and Ebola.

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