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Published on Jan 16, 2012
New methods for testing microbes in stool are proving to be more clinically useful than older culture methods alone. Acceptance of such improvements is historically slow and misconceptions and rumor abound. Three points (time-of-collection snapshot, anaerobe profiling, and quantitative accuracy) illustrate the superior performance of PCR versus culture for stool testing. ~ Terry Pollock, education specialist at Metametrix Clinical Laboratory.