The lab without walls: a deployable approach to tropical infectious diseases

Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2013 Apr;88(4):614-8. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.12-0704.


The Laboratory Without Walls is a modular field application of molecular biology that provides clinical laboratory support in resource-limited, remote locations. The current repertoire arose from early attempts to deliver clinical pathology and public health investigative services in remote parts of tropical Australia, to address the shortcomings of conventional methods when faced with emerging infectious diseases. Advances in equipment platforms and reagent chemistry have enabling rapid progress, but also ensure the Laboratory Without Walls is subject to continual improvement. Although new molecular biology methods may lead to more easily deployable clinical laboratory capability, logistic and technical governance issues continue to act as important constraints on wider implementation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques / instrumentation*
  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques / methods*
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / diagnosis*
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / prevention & control
  • Health Resources
  • Humans
  • Laboratories*
  • Molecular Biology / instrumentation
  • Molecular Biology / methods
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction / instrumentation
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction / methods
  • Rural Health Services