Course Description

410.641 - Clinical & Molecular Diagnostics

This course covers basic concepts and practical applications of modern laboratory diagnostic techniques. Topics include the principles of testing methodology, quality assurance, and the application of molecular methods to the clinical and research laboratory. The test methods to be covered include nucleic acid-based methods, such as hybridization, amplification, and sequencing; non-nucleic acid methods, such as HPLC, GLC, and protein analysis; and technologies, such as PFGE, ribotyping, RFLP, and serological testing methodologies. In addition to the test procedures, students are exposed to aspects of statistics, quality control, regulatory issues, and applications of these methods to the diagnosis and prognosis of human disease. Prerequisites: 410.601 Biochemistry; 410.602 Molecular Biology.