The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a technique widely used in molecular biology. It derives its name from one of its key components, a DNA polymerase used to amplify a piece of DNA by in vitro enzymatic replication. As PCR progresses, the DNA thus generated is itself used as template for replication.This sets in motion a chain reaction in which the DNA template is exponentially amplified.
With PCR it is possible to amplify a single or few copies of a piece of DNA across several orders of magnitude, generating millions or more copies of the DNA piece.
PCR testing therefore allows for accurate diagnosis of underlying conditions which may not be currently clinically active but have a likely hood of developing in the future.
For a full list of our PCR testing option please view the sample requirement link.
For a full breakdown of the testing options we offer please click the Sample Requirements link and search for the testing option you are looking for. This link provides the sample required to perform the test and the day(s) on which the tests are run. Please note that these timings are based on samples arriving at our main facility in Devon.