Author(s): Power EG
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Abstract Many biochemical and molecular techniques can be used for distinguishing isolates of a given bacterial species. Traditional typing techniques based on phenotypic characteristics such as serotyping are being increasingly challenged by the use of DNA-based methods. The introduction of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) has led to typing techniques based on DNA amplification. Randomly amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) typing (also known as arbitrarily primed-polymerase chain reaction, APPCR) is one such technique which is being used increasingly to type micro-organisms, especially during clinical outbreaks. The application and potential problems and solutions of RAPD typing are discussed and the role of such techniques among established typing methods is addressed.
This article was published in J Hosp Infect
and referenced in Journal of Analytical & Bioanalytical Techniques