Project Number # 4034-11
Project Leader: Michael Webber
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Identification of the most promising biomarkers shown to be capable for distinguishing between infectious and non-infectious Cryptosporidium oocysts as well as identify species that can/cannot infect humans. Once this is accomplished a select few candidates will be developed into a new PCR based assay capable of identifying a single infective oocyst as well as simultaneously determine the oocyst species/genotype with a rapid turnaround time between 6-8 hrs of oocyst sample receipt (i.e. same day reporting).