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Molecular techniques: An overview of methods for the detection of bacteria

Olubukola O Babalola

Abstract


Several DNA molecular markers are now available for use in surveillance and investigation of food-borne outbreaks that were previously difficult to detect. The results from several sources of literature indicate substantially different degrees of sensitivities between conventional detection methods and molecular-based methods. The new technology is noted for increased sensitivity over the traditional culture methods which they complement.

Key words: molecular techniques, fingerprinting, microorganism.


African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 2 (12), pp. 710-713, December 2003



http://dx.doi.org/10.5897/AJB2003.000-1127
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