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Understanding Viral Load Assays for Cytomegalovirus and Epstein-Barr Virus


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March 2010

Welcome to Mayo Medical Laboratories' Hot Topics. These presentations provide short discussion of current topics and may be helpful to you in your practice. Our presenter for this program is Dr. Thomas Grys, Associate Laboratory Director, Mayo Medical Laboratories New England, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Grys will discuss the utility of assays used to quantify Cytomegalovirus and Epstein-Barr virus. He will also describe the variability inherent to measuring a viral load, and how this must be considered when interpreting results in a clinical context.

In this hot topic, we will discuss assays used to quantify 2 viruses, Cytomegalovirus and Epstein-Barr virus. This is an area of active research, and there are a lot of details that affect both the measurement and interpretation of viral loads.



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