A new method to amplify coccidia DNA by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was developed by placing freeze-thawed oocysts in Ready-to-Go PCR bead tubes and using a 5-min initial heat denaturation step. Positive PCR reactions were found in 3 of 3 samples containing 20 or 50 oocysts; when ≤5 oocysts were used, 1 of 3 samples was positive. This technique shows potential for effectively and efficiently detecting and identifying oocysts from soil, feces, and other matter.
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