In a recent publication , Boachuan Lin and Zheng Wang in Dr. David Stenger's laboratory (Center for Bio/Molecular Science and Engineering, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C.) reported the feasibility of using microarray technology for surveillance and diagnosis of respiratory pathogens from clinical samples. Ambion’s MICROBEnrich technology contributed to the success of the study by depleting nucleic acids isolated from clinical samples of mammalian sequences, thereby enriching the samples for the pathogen-derived RNA they sought to detect. Here is a brief overview of this publication.
Widespread concern about both bioterrorism and natural pathogens was the impetus for these researchers to address the need for advanced diagnosis and surveillance techniques for infectious diseases. Their approach sought to take advantage of the rapidly increasing amount of available pathogen sequence information and the power of microarray hybridization technology that can query for 105 to 106 sequences simultaneously. By optimizing sample amplification, probe specificity, and the data interpretation strategy, the researchers demonstrate the feasibility of using a microarray approach for broad spectrum surveillance of respiratory pathogens at clinically relevant sensitivity levels.
Nucleic Acid Purification and Amplification
Microarray Probe Design and Data Interpretation
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