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Viral Culture

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Best Tests for Identification of Cultivable Viruses

Slide 15

April 2012

Given these limitations of culture, it is not surprising that it has been replaced in most instances by more rapid, sensitive, and specific tests. This chart here shows the viruses that are commonly sought in patient specimens ant the optimal method for detecting them in the laboratory. Notice that the primary test for almost all viruses listed is PCR.

Best Tests for Identification of Viruses


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