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Omar O. Barriga oobarrig at pop.service.ohio-state.edu
Thu Oct 31 23:33:24 EST 1996

>Omar O. Barriga (oobarrig at pop.service.ohio-state.edu) wrote:

>>Blastocystis is not a pathogenic organism. 

>This is far from being a settled issue. I would estimate that there
>are about an equal numbers of paper in the literature that say it is 
>a pathogen as papers that say it is not. It may not cause invasive or
>fatal disease but that does not mean it is a commensal. It is also
>clear from the recent literature that human Blastocystis is actually
>two or more distinct organisms - this may in part explain the variable
>results being reported with respect to its role as a pathogen.

>C. Graham Clark, Ph.D.
>Department of Medical Parasitology,
>London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine,
>Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT, England, G.B.
>Tel: ++44-171-927-2351
>FAX: ++44-171-636-8739
>e-mail: g.clark at lshtm.ac.uk

Dear Graham:

	Would you care to explain all that for the person that asked the original 
question? Would it do any good? 
	My mail was for Paula, not for you. I believe each of you are at a different 
level of knowledge and I took this into account. Did you?


			Omar O. Barriga, DVM, PhD

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