Knowledge — May 1st, 2017

Microbiological diagnostics: will molecular tests replace conventional methods?

A fast but reliable identification of pathogens causing acute infections is a highly important issue in microbiological diagnostics. Conventional culture-based methods are well adapted and quite inexpensive but time-consuming and accompanied by certain limitations. Modern molecular methods have been increasingly incorporated in laboratories, but can they fully replace the traditional microbiological diagnostics? This article will focus on bacterial identification and characterisation methods in microbiological diagnostics including currently used technologies with their advantages and drawbacks. An overview table of the article will summarise all important information. … read more

Knowledge — May 1st, 2017

The dark proteome

Talk about the “dark proteome” has become frequent recently. What lies behind this somewhat mysteriously labelled field of science? And why has it become such a popular topic among scientist and drug developers? … read more