A quadruplex real-time PCR assay for rapid detection and differentiation of the Clostridium botulinum toxin genes A, B, E and F.

@article{Satterfield2010AQR,
  title={A quadruplex real-time PCR assay for rapid detection and differentiation of the Clostridium botulinum toxin genes A, B, E and F.},
  author={Benjamin A. Satterfield and A. Francis Stewart and Cynthia S. Lew and David O. Pickett and Marissa N Cohen and Emily Alexandra Moore and Patrick F Luedtke and Kim L O'Neill and Richard A. Robison},
  journal={Journal of medical microbiology},
  year={2010},
  volume={59 Pt 1},
  pages={
          55-64
        }
}
Clostridium botulinum is the aetiological agent of botulism, a disease marked by flaccid paralysis that can progress to asphyxiation and death. This species is defined by the production of one of the botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs), which are the most potent toxins known. Because of their potency, these toxins have the potential to be used as biological weapons, and therefore C. botulinum has been classified as a category A select agent. There are four related but antigenically distinct BoNT… CONTINUE READING

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