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Virus discovery service

Virus discovery imageAPHA Scientific offers a high quality, pan-viral microarray service for the laboratory investigation of clinical samples to identify unknown viral pathogens.

The microarray contains around 60,000 oligonucleotide probes covering more than 3,000 virus species of all known animal and human virus families. It enables the screening of clinical samples for a large number of pathogens simultaneously and provides an ‘add on’ value to our frontline laboratory testing. A bioinformatic analysis is also included to interrogate output files and positive findings are verified using PCR and sequencing.

This facility is designed for specialised veterinary groups investigating unknown viral infections in farm animals and pets, as well as exotic mammalian and avian species in wildlife parks and zoos.


The array is carried out by our team of virologists, who have expertise in a wide range of animal and zoonotic viral diseases and diagnostic techniques along with access to an extensive collection of biological material and data sources.


  • High resolution scanner
  • Dedicated Bioinformatic software
  • PCR and sequencing

Quality Assurance

The microarray analysis of clinical samples is carried out under the ISO 9001 quality management system.

To discuss your requirements please contact our Customer Services Team

Tel:  +44 (0)3000 600001

Page last modified: 5 August, 2020