DRG Laboratory provides the latest cutting edge, state-of-the-art PCR based diagnostic testing available to medical practitioners. Our testing is so sensitive and exquisitely specific that it can detect a single copy of genomic DNA. We test for over two dozen bacteria, parasites, fungi, and health risk markers. When you order this life altering test you will receive a complete, easy to use collection kit that you return, postage-paid, with your specimen. We process your specimen as soon as it is received in our state-of-the-art facility and provide your test results directly to your physician usually within a few business days.

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Antibiotic Resistance Gene Testing

by DRG Staff At DRG Laboratory, we take antibiotic resistance seriously. We test for antibiotic drug resistance gene characteristics to the following:     View sample reports, video and ...

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ANNOUNCEMENT: DRG Laboratory Releases New Report Format

ANNOUNCEMENT: DRG Laboratory Releases New Report Format

by DRG Laboratory Staff DRG Laboratory is happy to announce our new report format. It has a new header with better readability. There is a new column ...

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Calprotectin is an excellent way to determine IBD in pediatric patients

by Bernadette M. Mandes Wildemore New work has confirmed calprotectin (which is tested for here at DRG Laboratory) in the diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease ...

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New Human Organ Has Been Classified - Mesentery

by Bernadette M. Mandes Wildemore A New Year and a new organ! Hello and Happy New Year to everyone! Most of the time when I post ...

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Some Potential Good News (or Lack of Bad News) for PPI Users

by Bernadette M. Mandes Wildemore If you have been following any of my recent entries to this blog, you may know that proton pump ...

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Acid Suppression Therapy and Iron Deficiency

by Bernadette M. Mandes Wildemore Many patients who suffer with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) take medication to help suppress the production of acid in their ...

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OpenBiome Now Allows Storing Your Stool in Case of C. difficile Infection

by Bernadette M. Mandes Wildemore Just as many new families are being given the option to ‘bank’ their new baby’s cord blood for potential later ...

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Action without antibiotic information risks patient health

NO Antibiotic has a 100% success rate, NONE.  Some protocols like PrevPac are less than 70% effective so how do you decide what drug(s) ...

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Do Proton Pump Inhibitors Increase Risk for Community-Acquired Pneumonia?

by Bernadette M. Mandes Wildemore Many patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease are treated with medications such as proton pump inhibitors (PPI) to help with the ...

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PCR: Polymerese chain reaction – it’s DNA

“PCR is the best developed and most widely used nucleic acid amplification strategy. These techniques have sensitivity unparalleled in laboratory medicine; they have created new opportunities for the clinical laboratory to have an effect on patient care and have become the new “gold standards” for laboratory diagnosis of several infectious diseases.”

Manual of Clinical Microbiology, 8th Edition, Vol. 1, page 235, 2003.

DNA doesn’t lie…

gel-readers-for-genetic-testingThe clinical microbiology laboratory is transitioning into the molecular age. From pathogens and antibiotic resistance identification to screening tests, molecular diagnostics are playing an increasingly important role in diagnosing infections and improving patient outcomes. Knowledge of the presence of a drug resistance gene is significant when considering a patient’s treatment for a pathogenic infection.

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Many infectious agents missed by routine cultures, serological assays and Southern blot hybridizations can be detected by PCR. Therefore, PCR-based tests are best suited for the clinical and epidemiological investigation of pathogenic bacteria and viruses.pcr-bacteria-clipart The limitations of culturing are: low sensitivities, inability to detect non-cultivatable bacteria, time-consuming aspects and low levels of reproducibility. pcr-virus-clipart Microscopy for parasites requires up to 3 samples and a high number of cells, 1000 to 5000 per gram for diagnosis. Even with the advent of antigen detection systems, there has long been uncertainty in diagnosis when no bacteria or parasites are found. And virus detection is not routinely available by conventional labs.pcr-fungus-clipart In contrast, PCR based assays require only 1 to 5 cells per gram of stool, are not limited by growth requirements, are very reproducable and have nearly 100% sensitivity and specificity. Making PCR the most sensitive method available.

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