Molecular Phylogeny of Babesia poelea From Brown Boobies (Sula leucogaster) FromJohnston Atoll, Central Pacific

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The phylogenetic relationship of avian Babesia with other piroplasms remains unclear, mainly because of a lack of objective criteria such as molecular phylogenetics. In this study, our objective was to sequence the entire 18S, ITS-1, 5.8S, and ITS-2 regions of the rRNA gene and partial B-tubulin gene of B. poelea, first described from brown boobies (Sula leucogaster) from the central Pacific, and compare them to those of other piroplasms.

Michael J. Yabsley, Thierry M. Work, and Robert A. Rameyer, J. Parasitol., 92(2), 2006, pp. 423-425

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