Ribosomal RNA is an Effective Target for the Species-Specific Detection of Malaria Parasites

  • A. P. Waters
  • T. F. McCutchan


At present, the most sensitive method for the detection and identification of malaria is the microscopic examination of Giemsa-stained blood smears [1]. The worldwide prevalence and distribution of malaria dictates a need for supplementary molecular procedures for this time-consuming and labor-intensive process. A uniform procedure which allows the identification not only of the individual species of the malaria parasite but that can be applied to the species-specific detection of parasitological infection in general would be of great value.


Malaria Parasite Expansion Region 112R 113R 114R Small Subunit rRNAS Gene Small Subunit Gene 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. P. Waters
  • T. F. McCutchan
    • 1
  1. 1.Malaria Section, Laboratory of Parasitic DiseasesNIAID, NIHBethesdaUSA

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