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Micropump Developed for Lab-On-A-Chip Disease Diagnosis

A reliable, inexpensive, programmable pump is a crucial feature for lab-on-a-chip devices that could make the diagnosis of many global life-threatening diseases easy and affordable.  More...
18 Sep 2014
Image: Photomicrograph of Clostridium difficile (Photo courtesy of the University of Leicester).

Clostridium Strains Emit Volatile Organic Compounds in Characteristic Patterns

A novel method for determining Clostridium difficile ribotypes was based on mass spectroscopy analysis of volatile organic compounds produced by cultures of the diarrhea-causing bacteria.  More...
16 Sep 2014
Image: The SD TB Ag MPT64 rapid immunochromatographic test for Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Photo courtesy of SD Bioline).

Highly Sensitive Molecular Test Developed for Tuberculosis

Rapid, accurate detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis is crucial in the diagnosis of tuberculosis, but conventional diagnostic methods have limited sensitivity and specificity or are time consuming.  More...
15 Sep 2014
Image: M. tuberculosis (stained red) in tissue (blue) (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons).

Flow Cytometry Assay Speeds Diagnosis of Pediatric Tuberculosis

Epidemiologists working with samples obtained from groups of children in Tanzania, used a novel blood test to quickly diagnose victims of pediatric tuberculosis.  More...
15 Sep 2014

PCR-Based Diagnostics Move Out of the Lab and into the Field

Researchers in New Zealand have revealed a novel battery-powered, handheld quantitative PCR analyzer for use under field conditions to detect minute levels of viral or bacterial DNA.  More...
11 Sep 2014

Newly CE-Marked Automated Respiratory Disease Assay Now Available

A dedicated “laboratory in a cartridge” that enables the simultaneous diagnosis of influenza A and B and RSV is now available for use on one of the world's leading diagnostic platforms.  More...
09 Sep 2014
Image: Map of Mexico with Leishmania endemic regions studied shown in maroon coloring – from left to right the states: Veracruz, Tabasco, Campeche, and Quintana Roo (Photo courtesy of Prof. Monroy-Ostria A. et al., the Instituto Politecnico Nacional, and the journal Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Infectious Diseases).

PCR-RFLP Distinguishes Between Co-Endemic New World Leishmania Species

In a study of clinical samples from patients in southeast Mexico, a PCR-RFLP assay was effective in differentiating between co-endemic species of Leishmania—enabling more fine-tuned diagnoses and more appropriate treatments for patients in a given population with different forms of American leishmaniasis.   More...
09 Sep 2014

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