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Microbiological Research Group

 

The Microbiological Research Group of the National Center for Epidemiology provides diagnostic services related to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and performs research on HIV and other human viruses. Within the Research Group the following units are operating:

  • The National Reference Laboratory for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV-NRL)

The HIV-NRL deals with

1) Confirmation of HIV reactive or indeterminate serum samples prescreened by the HIV-screening laboratories in Hungary (HIV Confirmatory Laboratory).

2) Determination of HIV-1 RNA copy number in plasma samples of HIV infected persons, or persons with an indeterminate HIV serology (Nuclisens Laboratory).

3) Isolation and characterization of HIV strains prevalent in Hungary.

4) Preservation of prototype HIV strains and their host cells.

5) Examination of antiretroviral compounds

 

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