Nucleic acids must be extracted from cells in a sample
Reporter Fiona Cassie wanted to know what happens to the thousands of nasal swabs that are sent away for analysis each day. The Southern Community Laboratories experts who answered her questions are clinical microbiologist Arlo Upton, molecular pathology department head Jenny Grant and clinical microbiologist James Ussher
What happens when the swab sample arrives at the laboratory?
The lab staff, using a biological safety cabinet, place the sample into another tub