Research Tools for Influenza Detection
Influenza detection requires several distinct steps, including isolation of the viral RNA, reverse transcription of the viral RNA to cDNA, and realtime PCR-based amplification and detection of known subtype sequences. Life Technologies supplies high-performing products for each step in this process.
Step-by-Step Guide to Influenza Detection
The influenza virus is RNA-based; therefore, in order to detect the virus, RNA must be extracted and converted to cDNA. High yields of viral RNA may be obtained from respiratory fluids such as nasal swabs or throat swabs, using products available from Applied Biosystems and Invitrogen.