Medical diagnostics

Many of the tests used by medical laboratories have been developed through biotechnology.  These include antibody tests such as ELISAs, PCR, DNA sequencing, bacterial identification, and several others. The tubes in this image are all tagged with two-dimensional bar codes to assist in identification.

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