Lasers are the new DNA. It is called matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization–time of flight (MALDI-TOF) and it uses mass spectrometry to quickly test for hundreds of different pathogens in a small sample using a single automated device. MALDI-TOF is increasingly being used in clinical microbiology laboratories for rapid bacterial and fungal identification. Participants will discuss this new technology and how implementation can drastically change clinical care of some infections.
- Stefan Zimmermann, Med. Microbiol. and Hygiene, Heidelberg, Germany
- Nancy Wengenack, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN