Molecular Microbiological Diagnostic Methods

Medical microbiologists have increasingly used molecular methods over the past 20 years to improve the sensitivity and speed of diagnosis of infectious diseases. Various methods and techniques have since evolved in the molecular diagnostics of microorganisms, the two most important of which are the polymerase chain reaction and the more recent microarray technology. Although the routine use of these techniques is as yet often limited to the detection of pathogens that are difficult to culture in vitro, "real-time" methods, commercial kits, quantification, and automation will increase their potential applications. Molecular methods are now widely used for epidemiological fingerprinting of isolates of public health importance.

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