Emerging Technologies in Clinical Microbiology:? Applications of MALDI-TOF MS for Identification of Microorganisms

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Today, matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization?time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) is being used in many microbiology laboratories for microorganism identification. In contrast to conventional microbial identification methods, which rely primarily on phenotypic profiling or metabolic activity, MALDI-TOF MS is able to rapidly identify microbes based on generating a protein "fingerprint" which is compared to a reference database. For most organism types, this requires minimal sample preparation, and consumable costs for performing this analysis are low. During this 60-minute webinar, Dr. Carey-Ann Burnham describes how MALDI-TOF MS is being used by her organization in the diagnosis of infectious diseases, and what labs need to consider as they adopt this new technology. (This is a recorded version of an AACC live webinar that was held August 13, 2015).