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November 2001

Molecular Diagnosis of Skin-Associated Infectious Agents

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Pathology and Otolaryngology (Dr Payne) and Dermatology and Microbiology/Immunology (Drs Vander Straten, Carrasco, and Tyring), The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.

Arch Dermatol. 2001;137(11):1497-1502. doi:10.1001/archderm.137.11.1497

Molecular pathology is a relatively new division of laboratory medicine that detects, characterizes, and/or quantifies nucleic acids to assist in the diagnosis of human disease. Molecular assays augment classic areas of laboratory medicine by providing additional diagnostic data more quickly or by providing results that are not obtainable using standard methods. For these reasons, molecular pathology is the most rapidly growing area in laboratory medicine.