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DNA Fingerprinting of Mycobacterium leprae Strains Using Variable Number Tandem Repeat (VNTR) - Fragment Length Analysis (FLA)

DOI :

10.3791/3104-v

9:39 min

July 15th, 2011

July 15th, 2011

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1Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology, Colorado State University

Leprosy, caused by Mycobacterium leprae, is still endemic in many places. In order to learn about the spread and mode of transmission of leprosy, it is important to determine which strain of M. leprae has infected a patient. Variable numbers of tandem repeats (VNTR) typing is one such method.

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