Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, July 27th, 1998
"(Our) results indicate that Amplicor polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-negative specimens may contain no M. tuberculosis organisms and the absence of infectivity of the patient," researcher Yoshitsugu Iinuma and colleagues wrote ("Diagnostic Value of the Amplicor PCR Assay for Initial Diagnosis and Assessment of Treatment Responses for Pulmonary Tuberculosis," Microbiology and Immunology, 1998;42(4):281-287).
"Therefore, in-patients whose sputum specimens are Amplicor PCR-negative can...
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