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Image: StepOnePlus Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) System (Photo courtesy of Applied Biosystems).

New Approach Developed to Diagnose Tuberculosis

The diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis usually includes laboratory analysis of sputum, a viscous material derived from deep in the airways of patients with active disease which can be difficult to collect and analyze by microbiological and molecular techniques.   More...
26 Mar 2015

Genes Discovered Influence Risk of Developing Leprosy

Leprosy, a chronic dermatological and neurological disease, is caused by infection withMycobacterium leprae, and its manifestation, progression and prognosis are strongly associated with the proficiency of the patient's immune system.  More...
26 Mar 2015
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Oral HIV Test Could Reduce Infection Rates

The performance and assessment of an oral test has been compared with standard serological testing of an enzyme immunoassay in the clinical setting, and its acceptability to individuals at high risk of human immunodeficiency virus infection.   More...
25 Mar 2015
Image: A new analysis suggest that two deadly flu viruses, variants of subtypes H10N8 and H6N1, have not acquired changes that would allow them to infect people easily (Photo courtesy of the Scripps Research Institute).

Chinese Bird Flu Strains Retain Specificity for Avian Receptors

A team of molecular virologists found no indication of a looming "bird flu" pandemic when they determined in laboratory studies that two strains of bird flu that had sickened and killed several individuals in China were better adapted to bird cell receptors and only bound weakly to the human analogs.  More...
24 Mar 2015
Image: Colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) showing H1N1 influenza virus particles (Photo courtesy of the [US] National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases).

Recent Indian Swine Flu Isolates Display Mutations for Increased Virulence

Newly generated data regarding the H1N1 strain of swine flu that has killed more than 1,200 since December 2014 suggests that the virus has acquired mutations that make it more dangerous than previously circulating strains of H1N1 influenza.  More...
23 Mar 2015
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Image: A gametocyte of Plasmodium falciparum in a thin blood smear and also seen are ring-form trophozoites and a red blood cell exhibiting basophilic stippling (Photo courtesy of Dr. Mae Melvin).

Highly Sensitive Method Detects Malaria Parasites

A large proportion of asymptomatic malaria infections can only be identified by surveillance with molecular methods, yet these infections also contribute to onward transmission to mosquitoes.   More...
19 Mar 2015

Effectiveness of Point-of-Care Diagnostics for Schistosomiasis, Reviewed

Findings from an independent review of studies suggests that currently available point-of-care tests are significantly less reliable than conventional microscopy, emphasizing the need for development of better and affordable POC diagnostics for schistosomiasis, classified as a neglected tropical diseases.  More...
17 Mar 2015


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