We compared multilocus sequence typing (MLST), pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), and amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) for typing of Staphylococcus aureus and show that the methods yield similar results, although with differences in resolving power and reproducibility. Epidemiological conditions should determine which is the optimal typing method to be used.

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doi.org/10.1016/j.mimet.2007.01.013, hdl.handle.net/1765/35802
Journal of Microbiological Methods
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