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Diagnostics Analytical science, Microbiology and immunology

The Rise of Analytical Science

Specific to the clinical microbiology laboratory, we have seen major technologic advancements happen over the past decade. We’ve seen MALDI-TOF become routinely used for pathogen identification, increased use of multiplexed nucleic acid amplification tests, the emergence of rapid susceptibility platforms including a method that can be performed directly from positive blood culture bottles, and a system that uses magnetic resonance to identify bacteria and yeast directly from blood specimens. Most recently, we are beginning to see clinical laboratories adopt next-generation sequencing for pathogen detection, antimicrobial resistance prediction, and strain typing. These new technologies have allowed us to provide results in a more rapid and accurate manner, allowing for optimal patient management and treatment as quickly as possible.

– Wendy Szymczak

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About the Author
Wendy Szymczak

Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at Montefiore Medical Center and Associate Professor of Pathology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, USA.

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