My name is Marion Macnish. I am a PhD student at Murdoch University,
Perth, Western Australia. I am studying the gastro-intestinal parasite
Hymenolepis nana in humans.
Presently I am collecting samples from individuals living in the
Kimberley region of Western Australia, however I have not been
successful in establishing an H. nana infection to adult worm stage in
As a reference point I would like to passage a well established
laboratory strain of H. nana through mice to see if the conditions I am
using are suitable, and also to help establish reasons why H. nana
infection has not yet been successful in a mouse model using the
samples from the Kimberleys. If anyone has an established strain of H.
nana and are willing to send me some viable eggs / adult worms I would
be most grateful. Finally if anyone anyone is routinely isolating H.
nana eggs from human faeces could you let me know which extraction
method you are using. I am currently using a saturated NaCl method
(reference Marietta & Voge Eds. Experiments and techniques in
Parasitology, WH Freeman & Co., San Francisco, 1970)
Marion Macnish (email: macnish at numbat.murdoch.edu.au)