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Characterisation and identification of bacteria using SERS

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Within microbiology Raman spectroscopy is considered as a very important whole-organism fingerprinting technique, which is used to characterise, discriminate and identify microorganisms and assess how they respond to abiotic or biotic stress. Enhancing the sensitivity of Raman spectroscopy is very beneficial for the rapid analysis of bacteria (and indeed biological systems in general), where the ultimate goal is to achieve this without the need for lengthy cell culture. Bypassing this step would provide significant benefits in many areas such as medical, environmental and industrial microbiology, microbial systems biology, biological warfare countermeasures and bioprocess monitoring. In this tutorial review we will report on the advances made in bacterial studies, a relatively new and exciting application area for SERS.

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The article was received on 14 Jan 2008 and first published on 26 Mar 2008

Article type: Tutorial Review
DOI: 10.1039/B705973F
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2008,37, 931-936
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    Characterisation and identification of bacteria using SERS

    R. M. Jarvis and R. Goodacre, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2008, 37, 931
    DOI: 10.1039/B705973F

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