hookworm lifecycle

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I’m researching incubation methods, and hopefully in a few weeks I will embark on my first McMaster egg count. There seem to be 3 choices for incubating the hookworm larvae; the Baermann, Harada-Mori, and the AP method (agar plate.) Here’s a nice visual and thorough list of requirements for the first two methods:

http://books.google.com/books?id=8AWz0cS6e9kC&pg=PA115&lpg=PA115&dq#PPA115,M1

This article goes into great detail on the advantages of each method:

http://www.ajtmh.org/cgi/content/full/77/6/1087

Incubation temperature is important, and 30C (86 degrees farenheit) is optimal:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3569472

I’ll provide an equipment list and write about the process once I’ve ordered the supplies, and tried it out. Oh why didn’t I take a science class in college? An art major in oil painting is not helping me out here…perhaps I’ll start a larval triptych!

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http://www.cumc.columbia.edu/dept/ps/2007/para/old/transcript_02_pd02.pdf

A little more information about hookworms and the hookworm eradication
project…

Is this true about the males? That they detach after mating; I wonder
how the life cycle would continue then.

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