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Molecular Diagnostics - Overview

Molecular Diagnostics is the measurement of DNA, RNA or proteins to detect genotypes, mutations, molecular quantity or biochemical changes that modify molecular behaviour.  Molecular diagnostic assays allow the identification of genetic mutations or quantification of biological molecules expressed by a bacterium, virus or altered cell.

DNA sequences may contain an inherited or random mutation that influences the likelihood of developing a disease or the ability of a disease to respond to a particular treatment. In addition, molecular diagnostic tests are used to identify specific strains of an infection, such as Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).

The Molecular Diagnostics is a virtual network of the following CLS laboratories:

  1. Molecular Hematology
  2. Molecular Microbiology
  3. Molecular Pathology
  4. Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Laboratory (HIL)/ Tissue Typing

Click on a laboratory above for additional information.

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The Molecular Diagnostics program allows for coordinated efforts amongst the otherwise independent and geographically separated laboratories performing molecular diagnostic testing at CLS.

The program seeks benefits related to:

a)     Communication

b)    Coordinated testing

c)     Sharing of QA methods

d)    Cooperation on large equipment and reagent contracts

e)     Coordinated equipment purchases

f)     Coordinated service contracts

g)    Shared labour pools

h)     Research – Collaboration and coordination