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Clin Lab Med. 2013 Sep;33(3):439-60. doi: 10.1016/j.cll.2013.03.007.

Molecular detection of respiratory viruses.

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Department of Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine, 660 South Euclid Avenue, St Louis, MO 63110, USA.


Over the past several years a wide variety of molecular assays for the detection of respiratory viruses has reached the market. The tests described herein range from kits containing primers and probes detecting specific groups of viruses, to self-contained systems requiring specialized instruments that extract nucleic acids and perform the polymerase chain reaction with little operator input. Some of the tests target just the viruses involved in large yearly epidemics such as influenza, or specific groups of viruses such as the adenoviruses or parainfluenza viruses; others can detect most of the known respiratory viruses and some bacterial agents.


Laboratory diagnosis; Molecular methods; Polymerase chain reaction; Respiratory viruses

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