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Clin Lab Med. 2013 Sep;33(3):461-503. doi: 10.1016/j.cll.2013.03.008.

Molecular diagnostics and parasitic disease.

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Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Division of Clinical Microbiology, Mayo Clinic, 200 1st Street Southwest, Rochester, MN 55905, USA.

Abstract

Molecular parasitology represents an emerging field in microbiology diagnostics. Although most assays use nonstandardized, laboratory-developed methods, a few commercial systems have recently become available and are slowly being introduced into larger laboratories. In addition, a few methodologies show promise for use in field settings in which parasitic infections are endemic. This article reviews the available techniques and their applications to major parasitic diseases such as malaria, leishmaniasis, and trichomoniasis.

KEYWORDS:

Amebiasis; Babesiosis; Leishmaniasis; Malaria; NAAT; PCR; Trichomonas; Trypanosomiasis

PMID:
23931835
DOI:
10.1016/j.cll.2013.03.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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