Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax: so similar, yet very different
ABSTRACT The recently published whole genome sequence information of one of the human malaria parasites, Plasmodium vivax, have provided opportunities to compare similar features with Plasmodium falciparum that causes the most deadly form of human malaria. We herewith present comparative genomic insights into the whole genome
of the two parasites and also to several other characteristics in terms of disease pathogenecity, evolution, etc. We show
that while high similarities exist at the functional gene level, several contrasting features for other characteristics are
hallmarks of these two human malaria parasites.