The Molecular Science Laboratory offers a variety of testing methods to detect the genetic material of bacteria or viruses.
Additional test offerings available are the result of new technology that is transferred from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the State lab.
Testing capabilities continue to grow in support of public health needs and the lab concentrates on expanding testing capacity to guarantee a rapid response to public health emergencies.
- Rapid Testing Response: With the emergence of a new strain of Influenza virus, H1N1, the Molecular lab quickly launched test methods to analyze patient specimens for the new virus, providing results in 24 hours.
- Influenza Surveillance: The Molecular lab performs year-round testing for all Influenza virus strains and with testing volume reaching over 10,000 patient specimens in recent years.
Molecular Testing Methods
The speed and sensitivity of molecular testing methods provides early detection of infectious agents resulting in rapid treatment and greater control of the spread of diseases than in the past. Early detection and intervention means reduced illness among Colorado citizens.
The laboratory uses the following molecular-based test methods to provide rapid results to other programs at the CDPHE, to local public health agencies and to external customers:
- Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
- Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE)
- Multilocus variable number of tandem repeat analysis (MLVA)
- DNA sequencing