Available Tests

The molecular microbiology division offers a wide range of testing for identification of specific microorganisms and gene products, as well as detection of microbial DNA directly from clinical samples. Click on a test type in the box below for additional information.

More information regarding submission of samples to our lab for testing can be obtained viewing the Laboratory Medicine Online Test Guide or by clicking on the test codes (in gold). For additional details, please refer to our instructions on "How To Submit a Specimen."

Identification of cultured organisms by DNA sequence based methods: DNA of the cultured organism is isolated and amplified using universal primers and conventional PCR conditions. Amplified products are then sequenced and the organism is identified on the basis of the sequence data. Select a test type below to learn more. Direct detection of microbial DNA from tissues: DNA is isolated from specimen and amplified by conventional PCR using a battery of universal primers dependent on the test type requested. Amplified products are sequenced and the organism(s) identified on the basis of sequence data. Select a test type below to learn more. Detection and identification of specific pathogens: DNA is isolated from a cultured organism or direct patient specimen and amplified using primers developed specifically to detect a particular organism. Amplifications are performed either as conventional or real-time PCR. Select a test type below to learn more. Specific gene detection in cultured organisms: DNA of a cultured organism is isolated and amplified using primers developed specifically to detect a particular gene. Amplifications are performed under real-time PCR conditions and results are based on the presence or absence of amplification. Select a test type below to learn more. Specific gene detection in direct specimens: DNA is isolated from the specimen and amplified using primers developed specifically to detect a particular gene. Amplifications are performed under real-time PCR conditions. Select a test type below to learn more. Organism typing: Select a test type below to learn more.