A new molecular test improves PathCare laboratories’ capacity to detect and identify bacteria involved in ‘difficult’ infections.  A 16s rRNA molecular test is now offered by the molecular laboratory in our reference laboratory at N1 City, Goodwood.
The test is useful in the diagnosis of bacterial infection in cases where culture does not yield positive results due to fastidious growth requirements of the infecting agent, very low organism counts or when organisms are no longer viable due to exposure to antimicrobial agents. This technique can also be utilized to identify organisms cultured when conventional methods fail.

Apolipoprotein B & A1