Journal Article

Speculations on the Microbiology Laboratory of the Future

Ellen Jo Baron

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 35, issue Supplement_1, pages S84-S87
Published in print September 2002 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online September 2002 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/341926
Speculations on the Microbiology Laboratory of the Future

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Changes in the availability of skilled laboratory personnel, new technologies, and the financial environment will all influence the practice of diagnostic microbiology in the near and more distant future. Because of the special expertise needed for the accurate identification of anaerobic bacteria, the ability to diagnose anaerobic infections may decline as a consequence of these changes. Physicians should anticipate a difficult time in the years between the loss of expertise in traditional methods and development of reliable and accurate molecular assays.

Journal Article.  2473 words. 

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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