Table 1.

Effect of 0.5% BSA on PCR amplification of 16S rDNA from instrument true-positive blood culture samples

BSA content of PCR mixtureNo. testedNo. of samples positive (%) at dilution of:
Undiluted1:101:1001:1,0001:10 or 1:100
None196 (32)10 (53)13 (68)15 (79)13 (68)
0.5%36NDa 35 (97)33 (92)ND36 (100)
  • a ND, not done.