Newcastle Laboratories

Molecular Diagnostics

In cases where it is difficult to detect infecting micro-organisms by other methods, or where these are too slow or are not sensitive or specific enough, it is possible to detect DNA or RNA from the organisms using molecular detection techniques. This laboratory is based at the Freeman Hospital.

Some of the infections where molecular diagnosis can prove useful include Chlamydia, gonorrhoea, Influenza, Norovirus, Rotavirus, HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, Herpes and Measles.