Thursday, April 5, 2012

Happy Easter!

I’m still exploring the potential of this blog. I’m happy to see that I have a constant flow of visitors. The aim of the blog is to serve primarily as a resource for ”people in business” and for all of those who are colonised with Blastocystis or who take an interest in the parasite for some reason.

As a courtesy to my colleagues, I plan to provide regular updates on Blastocystis research, information on tools that will make your Blastocystis studies easier, SOPs and protocols on lab procedures such as sampling, culture, PCR screening, subtyping, sequence typing (MLST), phylogenetic analysis and identification of (new) subtypes. Occasionally, I will also try to go into more detail with some of the things that I find particularly interesting.

For those not in business but who seek some useful information on Blastocystis I plan to do a short overview with some bullet points in plain language on the clinical and public health significance of Blastocystis, - what to think of it, when to treat, transmission, prevalence, etc. For all, it is important for me to try and provide some impartial information on Blastocystis; there are people out there trying to make a commercial success of Blastocystis, perpetuating anecdotal data and information on the parasite for which there is currently no support. 

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