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J Clin Microbiol. Aug 1992; 30(8): 2173–2176.
PMCID: PMC265465

Characterization of a DNA probe for detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex in clinical samples by polymerase chain reaction.


We cloned and sequenced a DNA fragment from Mycobacterium tuberculosis for use in the identification of members of the M. tuberculosis complex. The DNA probe for culture confirmation had a sensitivity and a specificity of 100%. By using primers developed from this probe, the polymerase chain reaction detected 20 mycobacteria by ethidium bromide staining. This polymerase chain reaction system demonstrated 98% sensitivity and 100% specificity for detection of the M. tuberculosis complex in 200 sputum specimens.

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