Molecular epidemiology of tuberculosis: recent developments and applications.


Fletcher, HA; (2001) Molecular epidemiology of tuberculosis: recent developments and applications. Current opinion in pulmonary medicine, 7 (3). pp. 154-9. ISSN 1070-5287

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Abstract

The standard method for the typing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis is still IS6110 restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP). This method has been widely used and has provided information on the variety and distribution of tuberculosis strain types across the globe. Recently, IS6110 RFLP has been used to investigate the question of reinfection versus reactivation, examine the existence of multiple infection, and track the spread of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. There have also been efforts to increase our understanding of the biologic characteristics of IS6110. These studies have resulted in a clearer understanding of fingerprinting data and increased our understanding of the evolution and pathogenicity of this organism.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Immunology and Infection
PubMed ID: 11371771
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/1217160

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