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Introduction

As infectious diseases continue to take their toll around the world, there is an urgent need for rapid, highly sensitive, and specific clinical diagnostics that are easy to use, cost-effective, and can diagnose people infected with pathogens or exposed to toxins.

Accurate diagnoses are essential for public health laboratories, hospital-based clinical laboratories, and point-of-care settings so that appropriate therapy can be initiated. Medical diagnostics that will rapidly identify infections are a high priority, as are diagnostic tools to determine drug sensitivities and detect a broad range of infectious agents in clinical specimens.

Last Updated January 21, 2011