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How many different ways can a pathogen be detected? Is 1 way better then another for all pathogens? Example: antibody-antigen-dna/rna-proteins..?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology

In brief: Many

A pathogen is any micro-organisms that causes disease.
We find different pathogens by different techniques -- prions (which count as pathogens) only by chemistry, many by polymerase chain reaction, seeking antibodies, growing them (most bacteria, some viruses), or seeing them under the microscope. There's no one-size-fits-all.

In brief: Many

A pathogen is any micro-organisms that causes disease.
We find different pathogens by different techniques -- prions (which count as pathogens) only by chemistry, many by polymerase chain reaction, seeking antibodies, growing them (most bacteria, some viruses), or seeing them under the microscope. There's no one-size-fits-all.
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