The present invention is directed to a rapid and sensitive method for detecting Mycoplasma hominis using M. hominis-specific probes, oligonucleotides or antibodies. In particular a target sequence can be amplified by in vitro nucleic acid amplification techniques, detected by nucleic acid hybridization using the subject probes and oligonucleotides or detected by immunoassay using M. hominis-specific antibodies. M. hominis-specific nucleic acids which do not recognize or hybridize to genomic nucleic acid of other Mycoplasma species are also provided.
This invention was made with United States Government support by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research under a subcontract to University Energy Systems contract numbers F49620-85-C001 and F49620-88-C0053 awarded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The United States Government may have some rights in the present invention.