Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, November 23rd, 2004
"Use of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for the detection of B- and T-cell clonality, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and human herpesvirus 8 (HHV 8) infection is gaining increasing importance as a diagnostic modality," pathologists in the United States explained. "These tests are usually performed on fresh specimens."
"There are instances when fresh material is not available and there is a clinical utility for the performance of PCR on archival material via slide scrape lysates (SSL)," noted R. Mattu and colleagues at the National Cancer Institute. "However, the suitability of...
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