PCR Testing Explained
This document explains technical, scientific terminology to the Koi Keeper. The text is written to help readers understand the process of PCR testing. The glossary defines scientific terms in basic language.
When Koi are suspected of having Koi Herpes Virus (KHV), the best way to either confirm or refute the suspicion is to have a PCR test done. This paper describes the process from obtaining a sample through the process of copying the DNA and how a "positive" result is determined. The paper includes a glossary and a reference list for those interested in obtaining more information.
Koi Keepers reading this ebook will become familiar with:
- What a PCR test is
- How DNA copying is accomplished
- What makes the test positive or negative
- How PCR testing has evolved