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Emerg Infect Dis. 2001 Mar-Apr;7(2):312-8.

Molecular approaches to diagnosing and managing infectious diseases: practicality and costs.

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University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa 52242, USA. michael-pfaller@uiowa.edu

Abstract

As molecular techniques for identifying and detecting microorganisms in the clinical microbiology laboratory have become routine, questions about the cost of these techniques and their contribution to patient care need to be addressed. Molecular diagnosis is most appropriate for infectious agents that are difficult to detect, identify, or test for susceptibility in a timely fashion with conventional methods.

PMID:
11294731
PMCID:
PMC2631730
DOI:
10.3201/eid0702.010234
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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