The various clinical expressions observed in human leishmaniases result from complex host–parasite relationships in which the biodiversity of the parasite is a determining factor. Because Leishmania strains isolated from humans are composed of heterogeneous populations, it is crucial to use clonal lineages for studies on the characterization of these parasites. Presently, techniques used for cloning Leishmania spp. parasites are time-consuming and show poor efficiency. Here, a method developed in 96-well microplates is described, which allows one to rapidly obtain numerous clones of Leishmania in the most versatile and efficient way. The technique may be useful for cloning various protozoa as well as Leishmania spp.
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