In this study, we detected the existence of both wild type and mutant K- ras DNA on the cutting board and in the solutions for tissue processing in our pathology laboratory. The detection rate of K-ras mutant DNA inversely correlated with the frequency of the solution changed, implying that DNA contaminant including K-ras mutant may be accumulated while increasing specimens were processed. The exact routes of contamination during tissue processing remain to be determined. Nevertheless, this study unveils the possibility of DNA contamination in the laboratory that can be amplified by PCR analysis, and precaution should be taken while we interpret our PCR data from paraffin-embedded specimens. The work also highlights the necessity of contamination control procedures, including specific laboratory construction, environmental control, and strict hygiene standards for laboratory equipment and personnel. Moreover, fresh specimens seem more reliable than archival materials for PCR diagnosis.
|頁（從 - 到）||168-171|
|期刊||Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis|
|出版狀態||Published - 1998|
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