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Use of thiosemicarbazone and para-nitrobenzoic acid in screening tests for anonymous mycobacteria
  1. John D. Barrie1
  1. Sectoral Bacteriological Laboratory, Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow


    In screening for anonymous mycobacteria the use of thiosemicarbazone (10μg./ml.) may give rise to false positive results. Although these can usually be overcome by further tests, additional time and effort is required, which seriously limits the value of thiosemicarbazone as a true screening agent. Para-nitrobenzoic acid (500 μg./ml.) has proved more satisfactory in our hands; no false positive results have been obtained and it has the additional advantage that strains of M. kansasii (usually thiosemicarbazone sensitive) are resistant to para-nitrobenzoic acid.

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    • 1 Present address: Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Fife.