Development and Application of a Blastocystis Subtype-Specific PCR Assay Reveals that Mixed-Subtype Infections Are Common in a Healthy Human Population.

@article{Scanlan2015DevelopmentAA,
  title={Development and Application of a Blastocystis Subtype-Specific PCR Assay Reveals that Mixed-Subtype Infections Are Common in a Healthy Human Population.},
  author={Pauline Deirdre Scanlan and Christen Rune Stensvold and Paul D Cotter},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  year={2015},
  volume={81 12},
  pages={4071-6}
}
The human gut is host to a diversity of microorganisms, including the single-celled microbial eukaryote Blastocystis. Research has shown that most carriers host a single Blastocystis subtype (ST), which is unusual given the considerable within-host species diversity observed for other microbial genera in this ecosystem. However, our limited knowledge of both the incidence and biological significance of Blastocystis diversity within hosts (i.e., so-called mixed infections) is likely due to… CONTINUE READING
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