|Title||Toxoplasma ‘cat poo’ parasite infects billions – so why is it so hard to study?|
|Media name/outlet||The Conversation|
|Country||United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland|
|Degree of recognition||International|
|Date||20 Sep 2019|
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.