Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, April 5th, 2005
"Molecular diagnostic techniques, such as PCR, have become useful tools for the rapid etiological diagnosis of lower respiratory tract infections," scientists in New Zealand explained. "Nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) have been evaluated for detecting most respiratory pathogens, and commercial assays are available for some pathogens."
"However, standardized protocols are needed before these assays are introduced into routine diagnostic use," noted D.R. Murdoch and colleagues at Canterbury Health Laboratories in Christchurch. "For pneumonia, NAATs offer...
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