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Laboratory Diagnosis of Tick-Borne Infections

Part 2



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July 2010

As outlined by Dr. Binnicker in part I of this hot topic, conventional laboratory methods for the diagnosis of tick-borne infections include smear microscopy and serology.

Adjunctive or alternative methods for diagnosis include molecular diagnostics (specifically PCR), in situ hybridization (such as used on formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue), and sequencing of amplified products. The focus of my presentation today is on PCR and how it can be used in the diagnostic laboratory.

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