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Ribotyping

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Background

  • Genes are considered the building blocks of life because they provide instructions for all cells in the body. Genes, which are located inside of cells, control an organism's development and functions by instructing cells to make new molecules (usually proteins).
  • DNA is a long thread-like molecule made up of large numbers of nucleotide bases. The sequence of nucleotide bases in DNA serves as the carrier of genetic (hereditary) information. Nucleotides are molecules composed of a nitrogen-containing base, a 5-carbon sugar, and one or more phosphate groups. Long strands of nucleotides form nucleic acids.
  • RNA (ribonucleic acid) is a polymeric constituent of all living cells and many viruses. The structure and base sequence of RNA are determinants of protein synthesis and the transmission of genetic information.
  • Ribotyping is a highly sensitive and precise method for the identification, classification, observation, and tracking of various bacteria from the sample of interest. This helps to distinguish organisms within the same species, which might help in the identification of the disease-causing organism and finding an appropriate treatment for it. It can also determine if an infection is caused by a single strain or by multiple strains. In an outbreak of an infection in a large population, ribotyping can detect the source of infection, identify its mode of transmission, and monitor the distribution and occurrence of a particular strain of bacteria. In clinical studies, ribotyping can identify the role of an organism in the occurrence of the disease and monitor the treatment regimens.
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Methods

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Research

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Implications

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Limitations

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Safety

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Future Research

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References

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