Molecular approaches for a better understanding of the epidemiology and population genetics of Leishmania

  title={Molecular approaches for a better understanding of the epidemiology and population genetics of Leishmania},
  author={Gabriele Schönian and Katrin Kuhls and Isabel Maur{\'i}cio},
  pages={405 - 425}
SUMMARY Molecular approaches are being used increasingly for epidemiological studies of visceral and cutaneous leishmaniases. Several molecular markers resolving genetic differences between Leishmania parasites at species and strain levels have been developed to address key epidemiological and population genetic questions. The current gold standard, multilocus enzyme typing (MLEE), needs cultured parasites and lacks discriminatory power. PCR assays identifying species directly with clinical… 

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