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Table 2 Comparison of the efficiency of thick-film microscopy and PCR

From: PCR-based detection of Plasmodium falciparum in saliva using mitochondrial cox3 and varATS primers

   Reference technique
   Microscopy blood (2015) 18S rRNA PCR saliva cox3 PCR saliva varATS PCR saliva
Experimental technique* Microscopy blood (2015) 1.00    
18S rRNA PCR saliva 0.9 1.00   
cox3 PCR saliva 1.12 1.24 1.00  
varATS PCR saliva 1.00 1.11 0.89 1.00
  1. *Values greater than 1 indicate higher efficiency than the reference technique. Values less than 1 indicate lower efficiency than reference technique