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Research Article

Diagnosing Schistosomiasis by Detection of Cell-Free Parasite DNA in Human Plasma

  • Dominic Wichmann,

    Affiliation: Sektion Infektiologie und Tropenmedizin, I. Medizinische Klinik, Universitätsklinikum Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

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  • Marcus Panning,

    Affiliation: Clinical Virology Group, Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, Hamburg, Germany

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  • Thomas Quack,

    Affiliation: Institute of Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany

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  • Stefanie Kramme,

    Affiliation: Clinical Virology Group, Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, Hamburg, Germany

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  • Gerd-Dieter Burchard,

    Affiliation: Sektion Infektiologie und Tropenmedizin, I. Medizinische Klinik, Universitätsklinikum Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

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  • Christoph Grevelding,

    Affiliation: Institute of Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany

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  • Christian Drosten mail

    drosten@virology-bonn.de

    Affiliation: Clinical Virology Group, Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, Hamburg, Germany

    Current address: Institute of Virology, University of Bonn Medical Centre, Bonn, Germany

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  • Published: April 21, 2009
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0000422

About the Authors

Dominic Wichmann, Gerd-Dieter Burchard
Sektion Infektiologie und Tropenmedizin, I. Medizinische Klinik, Universitätsklinikum Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany
Marcus Panning, Stefanie Kramme, Christian Drosten
Clinical Virology Group, Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, Hamburg, Germany
Thomas Quack, Christoph Grevelding
Institute of Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany

Corresponding Author

Email: drosten@virology-bonn.de

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: CG CD. Performed the experiments: DW MP TQ SK. Analyzed the data: DW MP CD. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: TQ GDB CG. Wrote the paper: DW CD.