Volume 87, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



DNA sequence comparisons are useful for characterizing proposed new parasite species or strains. Microfilariae with an atypical arrangement of nuclei behind the cephalic space have been recently described in human blood samples from the Amazon region of Peru. Three blood specimens containing atypical microfilariae were genetically characterized using three DNA markers (5S ribosomal DNA, 12S ribosomal DNA, and cytochrome oxidase I). All atypical microfilariae were clustered into the group and indistinguishable from based on these DNA markers.


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  • Received : 17 Jun 2011
  • Accepted : 25 May 2012

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