Is it time to say goodbye to culture and sensitivity? The case for culture-independent urology

Matthew Dixon, Sybil Sha, Maria Stefil, Michael McDonald

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Next-generation sequencing has highlighted the limitations of conventional culture methods in the role of urology while discovering the intricate details of the role of microbiota in urologic health and disease. This review article explores: the utility and limitations of conventional culture methods; how culture-independent technologies are revolutionizing medicine; and how the implementation of these technologies may lead to improved patient outcomes. Finally, this article discusses the barriers to widespread adoption of culture-independent technologies, with suggestions for how these hurdles may be overcome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-118
Number of pages7
Early online date28 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020

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