DNA/PCR techniques also allow for the measurement of antibiotic resistance genes and virulence factors that contribute to pathogenicity. Both are used to help determine clinical significance and the most effective treatments.
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Other available stool tests may appear to be DNA-based, but they are in fact only using matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) to identify stool microbes. Their methodology relies on cultures from stool and is not molecular/PCR based assays. With a culture-based test it is not possible to measure strict anaerobes, viruses or virulence factors. They also lack the ability to deliver true quantitation of any of the reported organisms.
Using the same molecular technology, Diagnostic Solutions have developed assays for microbes that are useful for integrative and function medicine practitioners. And unlike previous PCR (polymerase chain reaction) assays, they have fully validated each target organism in our panel, so that you can have confidence in the results.