Identification of nontuberculous mycobacteria by partial gene sequencing and public databases.

@article{Joo2014IdentificationON,
  title={Identification of nontuberculous mycobacteria by partial gene sequencing and public databases.},
  author={In{\^e}s Jo{\~a}o and Paula Crist{\'o}v{\~a}o and Liliana Antunes and Baltazar Nunes and Luisa Jordao},
  journal={International journal of mycobacteriology},
  year={2014},
  volume={3 2},
  pages={144-51}
}
BACKGROUND Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are a heterogeneous group of microorganisms with distinct clinical relevance. The treatment of NTM infections depends significantly upon the crucial identification of species at this level. The steady increase of mycobacteria species, the use of time-consuming techniques and the lack of standardized identification methods makes the achievement of this goal a demanding challenge. Additionally, inaccurate diagnosis can lead to therapeutic approaches… CONTINUE READING