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A well known national reference lab has introduced the first real-time polymerase chain reaction In Molecular Biology, real-time polymerase chain reaction, also called quantitative real time polymerase chain reaction (QRT-PCR) or kinetic polymerase chain reaction  (PCR PCR polymerase chain reaction.

PCR
abbr.
polymerase chain reaction


Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) 
) test to aid in identifying Influenza A HIN1, the virus also known as swine flu, and differentiate patients infected with other seasonal Influenza A strains. Real-time PCR is a highly sensitive testing technique that can detect the presence of a virus' RNA RNA: see nucleic acid.
RNA
 in full ribonucleic acid

One of the two main types of nucleic acid (the other being DNA), which functions in cellular protein synthesis in all living cells and replaces DNA as the carrier of genetic
 from a patient's nasal or nasopharyngeal nasopharyngeal

pertaining to the nasal and pharyngeal cavities.


nasopharyngeal meatus
see nasopharyngeal meatus.

nasopharyngeal spasm
see reverse sneeze.
 specimen. The test has been validated using clinical specimens submitted to its reference lab confirmed as positive by public health authorities. Expected TAT for reporting results is within 24 hours of receipt of specimen.

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Publication:Medical Laboratory Observer
Date:Jun 1, 2009
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