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Molecular Genetics

Real time PCRThe scientists working in Diagnostics have a wide range of expertise in molecular biology, diagnostics & research, supported by a custom-built molecular genetics suite providing the highest standard in biosecurity and quality utilising separation of processes and the most up-to-date equipment.

The Molecular Genetics team is fully equipped to carry out automated nucleic acid extraction, conventional and real-time (RT)-PCR assays and sequencing and in addition to providing a statutory and commercial diagnostic service, they offer virus typing for virulence characterisation and confirmation of isolations from bacterial and viral pathogens.

We have flexible scope ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation for a wide range of real-time PCR analyses for fish, mollusc and crustacean diseases including:

Sequencing and sequencing analysis

We continually develop and improve our methodologies and add to our range of analyses to meet industry and legislative requirements.

The group participates in EU, UK and international proficiency testing for the detection of viral and bacterial diseases to ensure that high quality standards are maintained. We also have experience in organising proficiency tests.