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Remodeling qPCR as a Tool for Molecular Diagnostics

The quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) is firmly established as the method of choice for the detection of microbial agents in the areas of clinical, veterinary and agricultural diagnostics and food safety. The current pandemic has highlighted the critical importance of local, fast and specific testing for SARS-CoV-2.  It should also act as a wake-up call for the threat posed by infectious diseases spreading because of climate change, increasing antibiotic resistance and the hazard of zoonotic transfer caused by human encroachment of animal habitats. 

We are working on new tests, protocols and reagents to achieve faster molecular diagnostic testing both for both laboratory-based and point-of-care (POC) applications. Our target of delivering a diagnostic test result within five minutes of sampling has the potential to lead to a paradigm shift in our approach to detecting and classifying microbial pathogens in preparation for the inevitable next pandemic.

Attend this webinar to learn how:

  • Climate change and agricultural practices pose a serious risk of novel and antibiotic-resistant infectious diseases
  • Reliable, fast and local testing for pathogen is essential for an effective response
  • PCR can be adapted to help provide specific, accurate and cost-effective POC diagnostics
  • Within 5 years molecular diagnostics will provide test results within 5 minutes 
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Dr. Stephen Bustin
Professor of Molecular Medicine - Medical Technology Research Centre, Anglia Ruskin University
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