Toxoplasma ‘cat poo’ parasite infects billions – so why is it so hard to study?

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TeitlToxoplasma ‘cat poo’ parasite infects billions – so why is it so hard to study?
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Dyddiad cyhoeddi20 Sep 2019
URLhttps://theconversation.com/toxoplasma-cat-poo-parasite-infects-billions-so-why-is-it-so-hard-to-study-120688

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My current research is focused on increasing the number of parasites to obtain high quality samples. It might seem counter-intuitive to try to increase the amount of parasites, but it is important that we get a large number of them in different samples for comparison. To amplify the target Toxoplasma’s DNA, I am using a new technique called selective whole genome amplification to increase the number of parasites in a sample more than 100 times.