Learning objectives:

    • Describe and appraise the main molecular methods used to detect pathogens or the components of pathogens from veterinary samples.
    • Discuss the drawbacks of using PCR and other molecular methods in the field.
    • Propose and justify molecular tests which may be suitable for the detection and analysis of specific pathogens.
    • Describe how DNA and RNA are prepared for molecular diagnosis tests.

Presenter biography:

Dr. Susan Baigent obtained a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Bath, before undertaking her PhD project on the immunological basis of genetic resistance to Marek’s disease in chickens with The Institute for Animal Health / University of Bristol. For the past 19 years she has been a post-doctoral researcher at The Institute for Animal Health (recently re-named The Pirbright Institute), initially working on avian influenza viruses then returning to Marek’s disease in 2002. Now a senior post-doctoral researcher, Dr. Baigent’s interests include development of PCR methods to differentiate vaccine and field strains, which have been patented for use in the poultry industry, and the evolution of virulence of Marek’s disease virus. She has 20 first-author publications and, for the past four years, has been organiser of the annual lecture-based Poultry Health Course at The Pirbright Institute.

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