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Future diagnostics

Development of rapid, accurate and sensitive diagnostic methods is essential to control infectious diseases of veterinary importance, and to maintain good animal health.

Researcher prepairing a mass spectrometric analysis.
Researcher prepairing a mass spectrometric analysis. Photo: Magdalena Hellström/SVA

At SVA, we continuously incorporate new technologies in our diagnostic workflows for the detection of pathogens, metabolic markers and markers of antibiotic resistance.

Sequencing technologies and PCR based detection

We are using new sequencing technologies both to support the development of better assays and to directly interrogate whole populations of bacteria, viruses and parasites in ways that have not been possible before. Advances in sequencing as well as other fields such as sample preparation and target molecule enrichment techniques will allow us to simultaneously detect multiple pathogens in host materials. We are also working with development of PCR based detction using different techniques, for example multiplex PCR, suspension PCR and bead-based PCR (Luminex).

Mass spectrometric techniques

In the field of serology, advances in nanotechnology and microfluidics will open up for new diagnostic platforms. Mass spectrometry has been used at SVA for many years for the identification and quantification of small molecules like drugs and doping compounds. Recently, however, mass spectrometric techniques have been introduced into the fields of toxin detection and identification of bacteria.

Rapid and accurate diagnosis of diseases

We also strive to integrate advances in biochemistry and proteomics, a combination which offers enormous potential for the rapid and accurate diagnosis of viral, microbial, genetic and metabolic diseases.

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High-throughput sequencing for detection and typing of pathogens

Robert Söderlund, researcher

Mikael Leijon, researcher

Molecular based detection of pathogens

Mats Isaksson, research engineer

Mass spectrometry as a diagnostic tool

Mikael Hedeland, associate professor

Last updated : 2020-01-13