The application of molecular biology to
veterinary diagnostics is a relatively new field with great
potential for very sensitive and rapid detection and
differentiation of animal pathogens. Accordingly, in 1993, the
Molecular Diagnostics section was initiated utilizing laboratory
personnel from other sections that had received additional
training in biotechnology.
A variety of instruments were purchased including
thermocyclers, electrophoresis chambers, transilluminators,
hybridization and transblotting equipment among others.
In 1995, the AHC moved to a new facility and the Molecular
Diagnostics section was relocated to a suite of rooms especially
designed to carry out the very sensitive methods of pathogen
amplification and prevention of contamination.
The section has developed or adapted DNA amplification
techniques for forty animal, avian, and fish pathogens and
continues to research and apply new biotechnological methods and
tests to the detection and typing of pathogens important to
J. H. Robinson, DVM, PhD, Section Head
J. Bidulka, BSc, Laboratory Scientist
A. Scouras, MSc, Laboratory Scientist
K. Sojonky, BSc, Laboratory Scientist
C. Wiens, MSc, Laboratory Scientist (TSE)