5 thoughts on “under the microscope – unembryonated whipworm eggs

  1. Answers to your questions Monica:

    1) Can human whipworm eggs be seen in the soil? With or without microscope? (I’d guess you need a microscope.). Yes, they can, we will need to concentrate them first and then look under the microscope.
    2) In particular locations, could/would soil be sequenced? Indeed, this is a way to test for contamination of the soil with different soil-transmitted helminths. It is also interesting that we can use both microscopy and sequencing to evaluate contamination with Trichuris trichiura eggs in soil from the past. This way we know Vikings and Romans where infected with whipworms.

    Any other questions, just let me know.

    Maria

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  2. I could not even begin to ask you this last question about sequencing if not for what I learned from Sandra Reuter!
    Interesting answer. Thanks!

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