NanoLogix and Polymerase Chain Reaction
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technology detects the DNA of a cell. While the detection process takes only a few short minutes, the shortcoming of this technology is that it delivers only qualitative (yes/no) results. This inability to distinguish between a live or dead cell means PCR cannot be used to determine the viability of a potentially dangerous microorganism.
The PCR process also utilizes complicated opto-electronic computerized instrumentation. The equipment acquisition for PCR typically costs $100,000, leaving PCR technology economically unviable for many laboratories. This is especially true for medical facilities and labs in rural areas or developing nations, where the rapid detection and identification of viable microorganisms is critical to public health.
Finally, PCR methods require extensive training to conduct correctly. In contrast, NanoLogix technology is simple to use, because it is based on the basic Petri dish method.