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J Parasitol. 1993 Apr;79(2):233-7.

In vitro growth of Babesia bovis in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) erythrocytes.

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  • 1Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, Texas A&M University, College Station 77843.


Babesia bovis cultured in bovine erythrocytes was passaged into white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) erythrocytes and medium containing either white-tailed deer serum or bovine serum. Deer erythrocytes supported the growth of the parasite only in the presence of bovine serum. Cryopreserved cultures were recovered successfully in white-tailed deer erythrocytes. By light and electron microscopy, B. bovis structure appeared similar in host cells of either species.

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