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Parasitol Today. 1986 Sep;2(9):255-7.

Will the real Trypanosoma b. gambiense please stand up.

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  • Tsetse Research Laboratory, Langford House, Langford, Bristol BS1 87DU, UK.


Controversy has surrounded the differentiation of Trypanosoma brucei gambiense from T. b. rhodesiense (causative agents of Gambian and Rhodesian sleeping sickness, respectively) almost from the moment they were named. In the light of recent findings from biochemical and immunological characterization studies, Wendy Gibson reviews the status of T. b. gambiense to see if there is now a consensus concerning its identity.

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