Clinical Genomics Laboratory for covid-19 testing by realtime pcr
The Philippine Genome Center’s COVID-19 laboratory (SARS-CoV-2 testing by rRT-PCR) is a non-hospital based facility (NHB) that accepts samples for testing from hospitals/healthcare centers and does not perform swab collection.
Swabbing will be done by a medical professional using a specialized swab tool to safely obtain samples from the patient’s nose and throat.
This will be performed at health centers and/or hospitals and samples will be sent to PGC.
The samples must be placed in a viral transport medium (VTM), properly sealed to prevent contamination.
Collected samples will be transported to PGC and Ribonucleic acid (RNA) genetic material, which will indicate whether or not the patient was infected with SARS-CoV-2, will be extracted from the samples.
The extracted material will be combined with the solutions from the test kit.
A qPCR (quantitative PCR) machine will then amplify the target gene sequences in the reaction or the mixture inside the tubes.
The same machine will analyze the virus content of the sample and will print out a result determining if the sample is negative or positive.