Immunologic techniques in the clinical microbiology laboratory

Amy L. Peace-Brewer, David W. Craft, John L. Schmitz

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Immunology has a crucial role in microbiology. This is evident in that antibody is a key component of the test methods used to diagnose infectious disease. Antibody is used to detect pathogens with techniques such as latex agglutination, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and immunofluorescent antibody test. In addition, antibody may be quantitated and identified to determine approximate time of exposure to a particular pathogen. An understanding of the basic assays used in microbiology, as well as their strengths and weaknesses, is important for the microbiologist or immunologist.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-29
Number of pages6
JournalLaboratory Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical


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