Roche Assay Shows Promise for Blastocystis Detection

Researchers evaluating the Roche LightMix Gastro assay report that it shows promise for the detection of Blastocystis.  The comparison  study reports that, “EZ1® (Qiagen) and QIAamp® DNA Stool Mini Kit (Qiagen) yielded similar performances for the detection of Cryptosporidium spp. and D. fragilis, significant lower Ct values (p < 0.002) pointed out a better performance of EZ1® on the five remaining pathogens. DNA extraction using the semi-automated EZ1® procedure was faster and as efficient as the manual procedure in the seven eukaryotic enteric pathogens tested. This procedure is suitable for DNA extraction from stools in both clinical laboratory diagnosis and epidemiological study settings.”  The study was published in BMC Research Notes.

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