Automated sample processing for identification of microorganisms and proteins

Automated sample processing for identification of microorganisms and proteins

The present invention concerns a method for rapidly identifying biological agents in a sample suspected of containing the same. The biomarkers are released from biological agents present in a sample, separated from contaminants present in the sample, ionized to form an ionized stream of biomarkers which are sent to a mass spectrometer to obtain a mass spectral profile of the biomarkers in the sample for analysis and identification. The present invention is also directed to an apparatus useful for carrying out the steps of the above method in an automated mode.
Patent Number: 
6,558,946
Patent Issue Date: 
May 6, 2003
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