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).