Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, October 23rd, 1995
The detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in culture is required for the definitive diagnosis of tuberculosis. Technological advances in amplifying and detecting specific regions of bacterial DNA or RNA have provided the methods necessary to make improvements in the laboratory diagnosis of tuberculosis.
"In recent years, PCR was reported to be useful for the direct diagnosis of tuberculosis infections from a variety of clinical specimens by using a diversity of genetic...
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