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Monday, 24 April 2017 09:19

16S Alphabet Soup: A Quick Guide

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Broad-range bacterial 16S PCR and sequencing as a clinical diagnostic tool is quickly gaining in popularity. This post offers a quick refresher on the applications, limitations, and aliases of this test.
Collecting, transporting, and storing patient specimens plays a major role in infection diagnoses. ASM provides a number of resources regarding best practices and the latest research regarding specimen collection!
Clinical microbiology tests are not performed to satisfy the curiosity, but to serve patients. While technical performance comparisons will sometimes suffice for test evaluation, health outcome studies may be superior for determining the true value of a diagnostic test.  
The decreasing trend of surgical-site infections demonstrates the seriousness with which medical practitioners and clinical microbiologists are taking this issue. This post provides resources on prevention and diagnoses of surgery-related infections, including a specific case of infection due to contaminated heart-lung machines.
In the era of antimicrobial resistance, the introduction of a new antibiotic is an eagerly anticipated event. But when clinicians learn that antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) for the antibiotic is not yet available, they are often confused and frustrated. Find out why the introduction of AST lags behind antimicrobial development and approval and what can be done to accelerate the process.​
Scientists are searching for better antimicrobial therapies, diagnostic assays, and prevention tactics for the increasing issue of Clostridium difficile infection. This Hot Topics highlights ASM resources to stay up-to-date on the latest research.
Have you ever encountered an isolate of Staphylococcus that gave you seemingly discordant susceptibility results? You'd be lying if you said "no"! Learn how your lab can sort out staphylococcal susceptibility testing dilemmas.

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