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Operational Evaluation of the Rapid Viability PCR Method for Post-Decontamination Clearance Sampling
Shah, S., T. Nichols, M. Mullins, S. Kane, S. Letant, G. Murphy, T. Alfaro, J. Avila, AND E. Salazar. Operational Evaluation of the Rapid Viability PCR Method for Post-Decontamination Clearance Sampling. Journal of Bioterrorism & Biodefense. OMICS Publishing Group, LOS ANGELES , CA, , 12, (2013).
This research work has a significant impact on the use of the RV-PCR method to analyze post-decontamination environmental samples during an anthrax event. The method has shown 98% agreement with the traditional culture based method. With such a success, this method, upon validation, will significantly increase the laboratory throughput/capacity to analyze a large number of anthrax event samples in a relatively short time.