Genetics Unit Project Aya Fostoc

Malaria

  • Malaria is a blood disease that is caused when an anophele mosquito bites you
  • Multiply within you
  • Injects parasites in you
  • Plasmodium and falciparum most common and deadliest of parasites that can harm you
  • Almost half the world population is infected with malaria

How the parasites and its hosts reproduce

  • The malaria parasite reproduces asexually, dividing itself in half, using a human being, and a Anopheles mosquito which needs to be female.
  • When these parasites are multiplying in humans, they first grow in the liver cells and then move on to red blood cells.
  • When parasite moves to red blood cells, they create a parasite that grows inside of the red blood cells.
  • Later as they continue to grow destroys those red blood cells.
  • That happen by releasing merozoites/daughter cells & once finish with the cells that they are destroying, they continue destroying more.
  • Male has sperm stored in testis
  • Sperm goes to egg stored in woman in ovary
  • Sperm fertilize egg, and offspring created

How Humans Reproduce

  • Male has sperm stored in testis
  • Sperm goes to egg stored in woman in ovary
  • Sperm fertilize egg, and offspring created

Traits that are changed or influenced by the parasite

  • Sticky cells caused by malaria
  • Caused by malaria
  • Cause blood clots
  • Trait developed because malaria cause blood cells to stick together

Solution/cure

  • Chloroquine
  • Warafrin

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