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Laboratory Diagnosis of Tick-Borne Infections

Part 2


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Malaria PCR

Slide 18

July 2010

The malaria PCR used in our laboratory targets a segment of 18S ribosomal DNA, and it differentiates the 4 main species by melting curve analysis. Shown here on the right are the melting peaks for Plasmodium ovale, vivax, falciparum and malariae, the 4 main species of Plasmodium that infect humans. In this case, the PCR was negative, which was a relief for the patient and the physician.

Malaria PCR


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