Molecular Differential Diagnoses of Infectious Diseases: Is the Future Now?

  • Jian Han


The clinical presentations for most infectious agents are often not specific enough to allow for a definitive diagnosis. Coughing and fever, for example, are symptoms that may be caused by many different bacterial or viral infections. Thus, for better treatment and disease control, a molecular differential diagnostic (MDD) assay that can identify, differentiate, and pinpoint the offending pathogen associated with a clinical syndrome (Fig. 27.1) is needed. MDDs are essential tools for effective infectious disease surveillance, biodefense, and personalized medicine.


West Nile Virus Capture Probe Ligase Chain Reaction American Type Culture Collection Strain Luminex xMAP 
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