Scary pcr results
Posted 02 October 2017 - 05:51 AM
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Posted 03 October 2017 - 04:35 PM
The actual PCR test takes approximately two hours. It requires about 40 heating and cooling cycles which is why it takes that long to perform the test.
The real question is how long from blood draw to testing, which should be less than 36 hours, but maybe up to 48 hours. Also the sample must remain very cool, but not freeze. Blood samples must remain viable since the DNA/RNA must be able to replicate. Blood spoils rather quickly.
It is unfortunate that PCR testing has so many possibilities for error, but it does. Keep in mind that PCR testing was designed for laboratory use, not for monitoring diseases.
You will need to repeat the test even though the travel makes this a significant issue for you.
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