Point-of-care molecular diagnostic systems--past, present and future.

  title={Point-of-care molecular diagnostic systems--past, present and future.},
  author={Carol A Holland and Frederick L. Kiechle},
  journal={Current opinion in microbiology},
  volume={8 5},
The field of molecular diagnostics has greatly decreased the time it takes to identify infectious agents and to test their antimicrobial resistance. Portable devices are currently in development that can easily identify a variety of nucleic acid targets (either DNA or RNA) from multiple sample types in under an hour. This is done by a variety of methods including real-time polymerase chain reaction, probe-based assays, bioluminescence real-time amplification, and microarray or micro-pump… CONTINUE READING