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Assay for Adenovirus quantitative (viral load) PCR testing brought in-house

From 1 September 2023, the microbiology laboratory has introduced a new assay for Adenovirus quantitative (viral load) PCR testing.

The new assay will be carried out in the laboratory at St George’s Hospital rather than being sent to a reference laboratory, which was previously the case. This will result in a significantly improved turnaround times for the test.

Users will be able to request the test in the usual way, and the sample requirements, including sample type and volume, will remain the same.

The new assay is the TIB MOLBIOL/cobas UC Adenovirus quantitative real-time PCR assay. Extensive verification has demonstrated an improved assay sensitivity over the reference laboratory assay, and a satisfactory comparability between the assays. The results of the TIB adenovirus PCR assay are traceable to the 1st WHO International Standard for human Adenovirus (NIBSC code 16/324) and reported in international units per millilitre (IU/ml).

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