The University of Washington Virology Division

performs testing for a full range of human pathogens including Herpes group, HIV, respiratory, and enteric viruses. Techniques used are molecular PCR diagnostics and sequencing for both standard pathogens and esoteric or non-culturable viruses, tissue culture with direct antigen detection, and serological assays such as Western blot for HSV types 1 and 2.

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In the News

Read this thoughtful article featured in The New Yorker describing the rollout of SARSCoV2 testing in the US, highlighting the contributions made by the UW Virology team.

Guidance for long term care facilities sending samples for COVID-19 screening per WA DOH order

Skilled nursing facilities and memory care facilities sending COVID-19 PCR samples to UW Laboratory Medicine per Department of Health order 20-02, click here for important information prior to sending samples.

UW Medicine Virology laboratory gets green light to test for the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.

Listen to Dr. Keith Jerome, Head of Virology, on the Ross Files to hear his thoughts on the potential 2nd wave and testing of the coronavirus.