Random amplified polymorphic DNA analysis was applied to DNAs extracted from Trichuris trichiura
eggs recovered from human fecal samples. Four out of 6 primers tested displayed 18 distinct and well defined polymorphic patterns, ranging from 650 to 3200 base pairs. These results, upon retrieval and DNA sequencing of some of these bands from agarose gels, might help in establishing T. trichiura
specific genetic markers, not available yet, and an important step to design primers to be used in molecular diagnosis approaches.