Molecular Diagnosis in Medical Microbiology: The Horizon Draws Near
G.L. Vanstone, R. Gorton, B.M. Charalambous and Tim McHugh
from: Molecular Diagnostics: Current Research and Applications (Edited by: Jim Huggett and Justin O'Grady). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2014)
Diagnostic microbiology is at the threshold of a new era; the advent of molecular tools, increased automation and use of informatics to allow interrogation of complex data sets has presented the opportunity to rethink our approach to diagnosis of bacterial and fungal infections. In this review we consider the advances that are in practice today in clinical laboratories. Molecular tools have huge potential in improving patient management and public health. We must be alert to the the danger that the technology blinds us to the underlying biology, and it is essential that we consider the new technologies with the same critical rigour that we would apply to conventional assays and in the context of the clinical setting. The horizon is close and full of opportunity read more ...