A species that causes malaria in wild African rats which can be readily bred in the laboratory. P. yoelii is used for comparative genomic and proteomic studies with P. falciparum. The yoelii genome has been sequenced and found to contain 23.1 mbp of DNA. There are about 5,800 genes spread among 14 chromosomes. The A+T content is 77%. The telomeric regions of chromosomes contain large numbers of genes that are homologs of those that function in P. vivax to evade the host's immune defenses.
Subjects: Genetics and Genomics.