New Test Identifies Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Just One Hour

In recent research, scientists from Brigham Young University, UK, found a new way to complete the whole blood sampling and analysis process for the identification of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the blood that takes just 1 hour (instead of 24 hours of the traditional method).New Test Identifies Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Just One Hour

This method includes a process of blood spinning, through which the bacteria are isolated from the samples so their DNA and can be analyzed. The scientists used fluorescent molecules able to bind specifically to segments of bacterial DNA that contain known antibiotic-resistant genes. If these genes are in the sample, they can be detected by a microchip.

Researcher Aaron Hawkins, an electrical and computer engineer at Brigham Young University, comments on the results of the study: "Once you're trying to diagnose the disease, the clock is ticking. Every hour the disease is untreated, survivability drops by about 7 percent. You want to know what you're fighting immediately so you can apply the right treatments."

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