Infectious-disease diagnostics

Definition

Infectious-disease diagnostics is the procedure by which the causative agent of an infectious disease is identified and often characterized. It can be based solely on clinical presentation or more rigorous diagnostic tests, such as culturing of the infectious agent, microscopy, biochemical screens and molecular methods.

Latest Research and Reviews

News and Comment

  • Editorial |

    The release of the World Health Organization’s Essential Diagnostics List highlights that diagnostics need to be a fundamental part of any effective public health system and the development of rapid, reliable and reasonably priced tests will be critical for tailoring appropriate treatments against infectious diseases.

  • News |

    This month's Genome Watch highlights how a better understanding of genotype–phenotype correlation may lead to the design of new diagnostic tests for antimicrobial resistance in clinical settings.

    • Stephanie W. Lo
    • , Narender Kumar
    •  & Nicole E. Wheeler
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Antimicrobial resistance is one of the great challenges for twenty-first century healthcare. While new therapeutics are undoubtedly required, there are major challenges in rapidly identifying resistant infections and tailoring therapy accordingly; and in how we deploy antimicrobials with suppression of resistance in mind.

    • Gavin Barlow
    Nature Microbiology 3, 258–260
  • News and Views |

    Effective treatment and eradication of tuberculosis requires highly sensitive and specific, easy-to-use detection methods. New advances in molecular tools and technology are driving improved tuberculosis diagnostics, including ways to rapidly identify highly drug-resistant infections.

    • Eric J. Rubin
    Nature Microbiology 3, 268–269