In Vitro Cultivation of Giardia Trophozoites

  • Ernest A. Meyer
  • Simona Radulescu


For more than half a century, methods and media have been available that enable the in vitro cultivation of most human intestinal protozoan parasites, including Entamoeba histolytica, other amoeba, Balantidium coli, and most of the alimentary flagellates (Dobell and Laidlaw, 1926). Despite early optimistic reports, reproducible methods for the long-term cultivation of Giardia from humans did not become available until the 1960s. The genus Giardia thus may contain both the first intestinal protozoan parasite to be recognized, and the last common member of this group to yield to in vitro culture.


Pancreatic Juice Axenic Culture Rice Starch Entamoeba Histolytica Indirect Fluorescent Antibody Test 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ernest A. Meyer
    • 1
  • Simona Radulescu
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Microbiology and ImmunologyOregon Health Sciences UniversityPortlandUSA
  2. 2.Cantacuzino InstituteBucharestRomania

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