nucleic-acid probe

nucleic-acid probe

n.
A nucleic-acid fragment that is complementary to another nucleic-acid sequence and thus, when labeled in some manner, as with a radioisotope, can be used to identify complementary segments present in the nucleic-acid sequences of various microorganisms.
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Hall also played a key role in implementing the routine use of fluorescence in-situ hybridization using peptide nucleic-acid probes (PNA FISH) for the rapid identification of S aureus and Candida albicans.

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