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Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a gram-negative rod that grows in aerobic conditions. It is a multidrug-resistant pathogen associated with hospital-acquired infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia, sepsis, and urinary tract infections. This bacterium is considered an opportunistic organism because it can cause very serious infections in those with preexisting conditions – most notably cystic fibrosis and immunocompromised patients. When …

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Respiratory Pathogen Panels

Zeroing in on Respiratory Tract Infections Chest and lung infections result in highly variable symptoms that complicate diagnosis. Nasal congestion, coughing & sneezing, fever, painful swallowing, and sore throat: these indications and more offer doctors no immediate clue as to whether the infectious agent is bacterial, viral, or fungal. Serology and culturing are traditional methods …

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Precision Medicine through Molecular Diagnostics

How Molecular Diagnostics is Changing Medicine Molecular biology is not new. Throughout the 1990s, genetics research led to the discovery of new genes and to the development of DNA sequencing techniques that, over time, helped miniaturize and commercialize the testing process. Today, molecular diagnosis is practical and affordable for use in clinical laboratories, making it …

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