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Clin Lab Med. 1996 Sep;16(3):617-39.

Polymerase chain reaction and other amplification techniques in mycobacteriology.

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Clinical Microbiology, Laboratory, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida, USA.


Amplification methods for detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR), have undergone much research and development in the last several years. The most common methods for extraction, amplification, and detection of mycobacterial nucleic acid sequences used in "in-house" PCR assays are discussed. A list of commercially prepared PCR and non-PCR amplification assays that should be available soon is included. The pros and cons of "in-house" versus commercial technology and issues of implementation of molecular technology in the clinical laboratory are reviewed.

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