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Article

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Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
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Disciplines

Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment | Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology | Microbiology

CIT Disciplines

1.6 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; Cell biology,; Microbiology; Biochemistry and molecular biology

Publication Details

BMC Microbiology

Abstract

The field of diagnostics continues to advance rapidly with a variety of novel approaches, mainly dependent upon high technology platforms. Nonetheless much diagnosis, particularly in developing countries, still relies upon traditional methods such as microscopy. Biological material, particularly nucleic acids, on archived glass slides is a potential source of useful information both for diagnostic and epidemiological purposes. There are significant challenges faced when examining archived samples in order that an adequate amount of amplifiable DNA can be obtained. Herein, we describe a model system to detect low numbers of bacterial cells isolated from glass slides using (laser capture microscopy) LCM coupled with PCR amplification of a suitable target.

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