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Rapid Low-cost Laboratory Tests For Blood Bank Screening And Diagnosis For Hepatitis C
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Two in-house laboratory methods using Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology were developed for rapid HCV detection using innovative enzyme systems that simplifies the three-stage reverse-transcription (Rt), PCR amplification and PCR product labelling method into a single step one-tube assay with consequential reduction in time and reagent costs. A low cost in-house multiplex Rt-PCR assay was also developed for HCV genotyping and compared with the expensive commercial Line-probe assay. Both assays showed sensitivities comparable to commersial assay but at one third of the cost. HCV genotyping is important for selection of patients targetted for interferon treatment.

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School of Medical Sciences, USM
16150 Kubang Kerian
Kelantan
Malaysia

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Assoc Prof Phua Kia Kien
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kkphua@kb.usm.my