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Research article2007Peer reviewed

Molecular beacon real-time PCR detection of swine viruses

McKillen J, Hjertner B, Millar A, McNeilly F, Beldak S, Adair B, Allan G


Rapid and reliable detection of viral pathogens is critical for the management of the diseases threatening the economic competitiveness of the swine farming industry worldwide. Molecular beacon assays are one type of real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology capable of fast, specific, sensitive,and reliable viral detection. In this paper, the development of molecular beacon assays as novel tools for the rapid detection of Aujeszky's disease virus, African swine fever virus, porcine circovirus type 2 and porcine parvovirus is described. The assays are capable of rapidly detecting 2 x 10(1) copies of target and are linear between 2 x 109 and 2 x 102 copies. They can detect virus specifically in clinical samples such as whole blood, serum and tissue. In comparison to conventional PCR they are either as sensitive or more sensitive. As Such these molecular beacon assays represent a powerful toot for the detection of these viruses ill swine. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved

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Journal of Virological Methods
2007, Volume: 140, number: 1-2, pages: 155-165

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    Animal and Dairy Science
    Veterinary Science

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