Effect of pooling and multiplexing on the detection of bluetongue virus RNA by real-time RT-PCR.

Last updated on 22-8-2019 by Anonymous (not verified)

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Real-time RT-PCR (RT-qPCR) was used routinely for laboratory diagnosis during the 2006/2007 bluetongue virus (BTV) serotype 8 epidemic. In the present study the impact of pooling and multiplexing strategies on RT-qPCR are assessed. To avoid any bias in the pooling experiments, 121 BTV-8 positive blood samples with a low to high viral load were selected and pooled individually with nine negative blood samples. Analyses of the individually and pooled samples indicated an overall mean difference of 4.32 Ct-values. The most pronounced differences were observed in samples with the lowest viral l…

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