Organism Identification by 16S rDNA Sequencing
Ordering Recommendation

Reference method for identification of most bacterial species.

16S rDNA Sequencing
2-5 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
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ARUP Consult®
Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Actively growing isolated organism, in pure culture. 
Specimen Preparation
Transport sealed container with pure culture on agar slant or in bacterial transport media. 
Storage/Transport Temperature
Room temperature. If culture is suspected of being a microorganism identified on the IATA list as an infectious substance affecting humans, submit specimen according to Infectious Substance, Category A, shipping guidelines. 
Unacceptable Conditions
Mixed cultures or non-viable organisms. 
Specimen source required. Indicate suspected pathogen. 
Ambient: 1 week; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Unacceptable 
Reference Interval
By report
Interpretive Data

Compliance Statement B: For laboratory developed tests not using a RUO kit, and for FDA approved, cleared or 510(k) exempt assays with alterations. This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. The U. S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved or cleared this test; however, FDA clearance or approval is not currently required for clinical use. The results are not intended to be used as the sole means for clinical diagnosis or patient management decisions.

An additional processing fee will be billed for mixed cultures submitted as indicated in the specimen requirements. Identification and susceptibility tests are billed separately from culture.

For suspected agents of bioterrorism, Salmonella, or Shigella, notify your state department of health and refer isolates to your state laboratory for identification. For identification of Shiga-like toxin producing E. coli, order test E. coli Shiga-like toxin by EIA (ARUP test code 0060047).
Hotline History
CPT Code(s)
87153; Identification CPT codes may vary based on method.
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0060720Organism Identification by 16S rDNA66885-5
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  • 16S Ribosomal DNA (rDNA) Sequencing
  • Bacterial sequencing