As technology continues to move forward, fast DNA-based tests can offer diagnosis in hours compared to the days it can take for a bacterial culture to grow, often with the same level of certainty. Still, cultures remain the definitive gold-standard for confirming diagnosis. Have we finally reached the point technologically where physicians no longer have to rely on cultures for diagnosing bacterial infections?
* Patricia Muñoz, Hospital Univ. Gregorio Marañón, Madrid, Spain
* Jacques Schrenzel, Geneva University Hospitals, Geneva, Switzerland
* Donna Wolk, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, United States