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multidrug-resistant pathogens

Quick Identification of Multidrug-Resistant Pathogens

If doctors diagnose a patient with blood poisoning, the patient will immediately be administered a broad-spectrum antibiotic. In many cases, however, the drug is...
Zika and dengue

Novel Technique Detects Zika and Dengue in Patient Samples Without Using...

The accurate direct detection of dengue virus and Zika virus in samples from patients without any need for preparations or laboratory equipment has been...
Zika infection

New Test Rapidly Diagnoses Zika

MIT researchers have developed a paper-based test that can diagnose Zika infection within 20 minutes. Unlike existing tests, the new diagnostic does not cross-react...
sepsis

Sepsis – a Hidden Killer

Sepsis is a condition which occurs when the body’s immune system not only combats an infection but turns on its own organs and tissue....
fish

Refined DNA Tool Tracks Native and Invasive Fish

Rather than conduct an aquatic roll call with nets to know which fish reside in a particular body of water, scientists can now use...
microbiota

Development of Artificial Nucleic Acid Reference Materials for Accuracy Control of...

Points The researchers have developed artificial nucleic acid reference materials as internal standards for accuracy control of analysis of microbiomes (mixed microbial flora), which consists...
Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial Resistance Diagnostic Challenge Selects 10 Semifinalists in First Phase of...

Ten semifinalists have been selected in the first phase of the Antimicrobial Resistance Diagnostic Challenge, a federal prize competition that will award up to...
bacterial detection

A New Toolkit for Rapid Bacterial Detection

Finding the right treatment plan for patients who have antibiotic-resistant infections is a costly and time-consuming effort. For doctors in rural areas or developing...
Methylmercury

Methylmercury Sleuths Armed with New Spotlight

The Science The neurotoxin methylmercury poses a serious risk to human health because it accumulates in the food chain. To produce the toxin, certain microbes...
DNA duplicatorvideo

DNA Duplicator Small Enough to Hold in Your Hand

Imagine a “DNA photocopier” small enough to hold in your hand that could identify the bacteria or virus causing an infection even before the...
RNA virus

Digital PCR Methods Potent but Not Sufficiently Robust for RNA Virus...

Claims on the higher accuracy and robustness of digital PCR methods versus quantitative real-time PCR methods are based on the theoretical assumptions that each...
Zika

Zika Can Damage Babies’ Brains Even in Late Pregnancy

A Brazilian studypublished in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases shows that infection of a pregnant woman by Zika virus may represent a risk to the...
Liquid Biopsy

Liquid Biopsy: Level of Mutated DNA in the Blood Corresponds to...

Effective treatment of cancer relies on the diagnosis of the patient’s sample. Commonly, tissue biopsies are performed and mutations observed in these samples can...
DNA

Novel Nanoscale Detection of Real-time DNA Amplification Holds Promise for Diagnostics

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a simple and ubiquitous method in molecular biology for amplifying DNA segments into millions of copies. This is important...
portable Zika test

Penn Engineers Develop $2 Portable Zika Test

University of Pennsylvania engineers have developed a rapid, low-cost genetic test for the Zika virus. The $2 testing device, about the size of a...

Honeybees Produce Milli Molar Concentrations of Non-Neuronal Acetylcholine for Breeding: Possible...

Abstract The worldwide use of neonicotinoid pesticides has caused concern on account of their involvement in the decline of bee populations, which are key pollinators...
lab-on-drone

Texas A&M develops smartphone-enabled lab-on-drone technology 

For the first time, a robust, low-cost and portable technology deployed using drones can be used to monitor and control infectious disease outbreaks in...
zika virus

Test detects antibodies against Zika virus

A diagnostic test capable of detecting the presence of specific antibodies against Zika virus in blood samples has been developed by researchers at the...
DNA

Rare DNA will have nowhere to hide

Two National Institutes of Health grants back Rice University effort to develop new diagnostics
drug

Faster drug discovery? 

Startup develops more cost-effective test for assessing how cells respond to chemicals.