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There is constant improvement of the accuracy of tests in human and animal laboratories. One of the most rapidly developing fields is in molecular diagnostics and specifically the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests. This test relies on detection of nucleic acids found in all living organisms. The nucleic acids DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) and RNA (ribonucleic acid) contain the genetic information that is unique to a species (e.g.human, animal, plant, parasite, bacterium and virus) and an individual member of the species.The PCR is a technique that permits the analysis of any short segment of DNA (or RNA) by reproducing (amplifying) selected. sections of the genetic material. These sequences are compared to the nucleotide segments from a known source and can be used to identify the origin with high accuracy.
The PathCare PCR laboratory has developed tests to identify Tritrichomonas foetus and Campylobacter fetus subspecies venerealis and C. fetus subspecies fetus in sheath wash samples from bulls. The tests that were developed are validated against known ATCC (American Type Culture Collection) strains of the organisms.