LAMP assay detects drug resistance in hookworms

Our partners from McGill University published new research on the use of a LAMP assay to detect drug resistance toward benzimidazole in Hookworm. A LAMP assay (Loop-mediated isothermal amplification) is a single tube technique for the amplification of DNA. LAMP is regarded as a low-cost alternative to detect certain diseases and will be explored in the Starworms project to detect genetic resistance markers in clinical stool samples.


Example of a LAMP assay. Tubes that light up under UV-radiotion are positive for a certain gene of interest.

Wild-type (WT) hookworm strains and strains with a mutation (MT) in the tubulin-gene, making these strains resitant towards benzimidazole.

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