Molecules Against Microbes
As molecular diagnostic methods evolve, so does our approach to microbial testing – with important implications for the quandary of antimicrobial resistance
Gunjot Rana, Sherry Dunbar |
At a Glance
- The danger of antibiotic resistance is only growing over time – and we need faster, more accurate diagnostic options to help prevent it
- Molecular diagnostics could have the greatest impact, providing quick answers with high accuracy, and also allowing for more complex testing
- Automation and multiplexing options are also improving diagnostic testing, saving lab teams time and minimizing the risk of human error
- Molecular testing advances will translate into benefits for patients – and offer labs versatility to meet a range of testing needs
We are witnessing a time of rapid change in the world of microbial testing. In recent years, molecular diagnostic tools have emerged from their previous niche use to become the gold standard for more and more conditions. Our need for the particular advantages molecular assays bring – which include fast results, and high sensitivity and specificity – is more pressing than ever, as we strive to overcome a range of diagnostic challenges. And most pressing of all is the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance.
Several developments are underway that will shape microbial testing for years to come. From determining targets to performing tests in the lab or at the patient’s bedside, the entire process of microbial assays is undergoing a shift that should dramatically enhance care and outcomes for patients.
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