Molecular Biology & Genetics Laboratory

Pathogen Identification


Molecular based methods have advanced the laboratory testing to faster and better diagnostics. PCR methods, microarray and next generation sequencing have provided speed and high level of accuracy. Molecular biology based methods are sensitive and quick to detect microbial pathogens in various clinical specimens. We offer molecular detection of pathogenic viruses, bacteria and parasites from clinical specimens. MBG Lab is ISO 15189 accredited and benefits from a stand-alone containment Level 3 facility where samples for highly contagious pathogen are received and processed.


All Bacteria Virus Fungi Parasite


Research Use Only
Assay Code HPH-074
Description The Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a member of the Hepadnaviridae with an outer lipid envelope and an icosahedral nucleocapsid core composed of protein. HBV contains a small, partially double-stranded, relaxed circular DNA genome. HBV infection is a global public health problem, with over 300 million chronically infected patients worldwide. Chronic HBV infection are associated with a high risk of developing severe liver diseases, including cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, and results in a million deaths. Symptoms of acute infection include liver inflammation, vomiting, jaundice, and abdominal pain. Modes of transmission are the same as those for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), but the hepatitis B virus is 50 to 100 times more infectious. Hepatitis B is usually spread when blood, semen, or another body fluid from a person infected with the Hepatitis B virus enters the body of someone who is not infected. This can happen through sexual contact with an infected person or sharing needles, syringes, or other drug-injection equipment. Hepatitis B can also be passed from an infected mother to her baby at birth.

Being able to detect and quantify the DNA allows an estimation of infectivity and the likelihood of progression to severe chronic disease. It is also useful to monitor the success of treatment. Occasionally people can be HBV DNA positive without other serological markers such as HBsAg, for example in the first two weeks of the infection. The best way to prevent Hepatitis B is by getting vaccinated.

Method Real-Time PCR.
Sample Type
EDTA Blood, Serum.
Transport Condition Samples should be transported at 4°C.
Turn Around Time (TAT) TAT for routine samples is within 3 working days. Urgent Samples will be charged double and will be reported within 1-2 working days.
Samples delivered before 11:00 AM will begin processing immediately resulting in shorter TAT.

Please, contact MBG Lab for more information




Molecular Biology & Genetics Laboratory

Pathogen Identification


Molecular based methods have advanced the laboratory testing to faster and better diagnostics. PCR methods, microarray and next generation sequencing have provided speed and high level of accuracy. Molecular biology based methods are sensitive and quick to detect microbial pathogens in various clinical specimens. We offer molecular detection of pathogenic viruses, bacteria and parasites from clinical specimens. MBG Lab is ISO 15189 accredited and benefits from a stand-alone containment Level 3 facility where samples for highly contagious pathogen are received and processed.


All Bacteria Virus Fungi Parasite


Research Use Only
Assay Code HPH-074
Description The Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a member of the Hepadnaviridae with an outer lipid envelope and an icosahedral nucleocapsid core composed of protein. HBV contains a small, partially double-stranded, relaxed circular DNA genome. HBV infection is a global public health problem, with over 300 million chronically infected patients worldwide. Chronic HBV infection are associated with a high risk of developing severe liver diseases, including cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, and results in a million deaths. Symptoms of acute infection include liver inflammation, vomiting, jaundice, and abdominal pain. Modes of transmission are the same as those for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), but the hepatitis B virus is 50 to 100 times more infectious. Hepatitis B is usually spread when blood, semen, or another body fluid from a person infected with the Hepatitis B virus enters the body of someone who is not infected. This can happen through sexual contact with an infected person or sharing needles, syringes, or other drug-injection equipment. Hepatitis B can also be passed from an infected mother to her baby at birth.

Being able to detect and quantify the DNA allows an estimation of infectivity and the likelihood of progression to severe chronic disease. It is also useful to monitor the success of treatment. Occasionally people can be HBV DNA positive without other serological markers such as HBsAg, for example in the first two weeks of the infection. The best way to prevent Hepatitis B is by getting vaccinated.

Method Real-Time PCR.
Sample Type
EDTA Blood, Serum.
Transport Condition Samples should be transported at 4°C.
Turn Around Time (TAT) TAT for routine samples is within 3 working days. Urgent Samples will be charged double and will be reported within 1-2 working days.
Samples delivered before 11:00 AM will begin processing immediately resulting in shorter TAT.

Please, contact MBG Lab for more information