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Coloured light microscopy of red blood cells infected with Plasmodium berghei protozoa. P. berghei is the parasite that causes malaria in mice. The infected blood cells have a spiky shape. At centre is an ookinete (flask-shaped), the motile fertilised form of the parasite. P. berghei is transmitted by the female Anopheles dureni mosquito. P. berghei cannot cause disease in humans but is used as a model organism for malaria research.
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