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Chapter 1 : Decisions at the Bench

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This section is a part of , a book designed to serve as a guide for the technologist working at the laboratory bench. The section consists of a table suggesting the level of accuracy expected for a report from an automated system followed by a group of 13 algorithms for placing unknown isolates into general groups for further workup. The unknown isolates are categorized as gram-positive rods, gram-positive cocci, gram-negative diplococci, anaerobes, gram-negative rods or coccobacilli, and gram-negative coccobacilli or rods, based on morphological structures and biochemical tests and are placed under general groups (bacteria and fungi). With the advent of molecular genetics and ease with which a taxon can be fully evaluated, the number of new genera and species confronted on a daily basis has exploded. This has made classic algorithms more difficult to prepare and even more burdensome to interpret. These algorithms are therefore modified from the eighth and ninth editions of the and presented as “yes (positive) or no (negative)” responses. Decision trees such as these must be used along with other tests and interpretive judgment. They can rarely stand alone as completely accurate identification methods.

Citation: Miller J. 2007. Decisions at the Bench, p 1-32. In The Microbiology Bench Companion. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555817503.ch1

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