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Image: A histopathology of Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Placentitis (Photo courtesy of Dr. Ed Uthman).

Newborn Screening for CMV Remains Controversial

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is the most common infectious cause of congenital sensorineural hearing loss, which leads to speech and language delay and the virus also causes microcephaly, developmental disability, and vision abnormalities. More...
03 May 2017
Image: The SLAN Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) detection system (Photo courtesy of Shanghai Hongshi Medical Technology).

Multiplex Molecular Assays for Respiratory Viruses Evaluated

Acute respiratory infections (ARI) are one of the major causes of mortality worldwide, and approximately half are caused by respiratory viruses (RV). There are several types of tests for detection of these viruses. More...
02 May 2017
ELITech Group
Image: Researchers tested bacterial colonies in the method they developed for using a mass spectrometer to rapidly distinguish between colistin resistant and nonresistant bacteria, as well as to identify which bacteria have plasmid-encoded resistance (Photo courtesy of Imperial College London).

Mass Spectrometry Identifies Bacteria Resistant to Colistin

A method using mass spectrometry has been successfully developed to quickly and accurately diagnose drug-resistant bacterial infections, as well as to distinguish between the two main mechanisms of resistance. More...
02 May 2017
Image: The illumigene Malaria is a diagnostic test for malaria that uses Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) technology to amplify DNA and detect the presence of the malaria parasite (Photo courtesy of Meridian Bioscience).

LAMP-based Assay Launched for Detection of Malaria

A new molecular diagnostic kit for the detection of the malaria parasite has been described as being up to 80,000 times more sensitive at detecting the malaria parasite than current testing options. More...
01 May 2017
Image: The Biacore T200 used for single-cycle kinetic surface plasmon resonance (Photo courtesy of GE Healthcare).

Link Discovered Between Strep Infections and Blood Type

There are many different types of Streptococcal infection, from mild sore throats to deadly infections of the blood or organs and repeated infections can lead to chronic conditions, such as rheumatic heart disease. More...
27 Apr 2017
Image: The fluorescent signal demonstrated by the Specific High Sensitivity Enzymatic Reporter UnLOCKing (SHERLOCK) system using CRISPR-Cas (Photo courtesy of the Broad Institute).

Sensitive NA Detection Aids Pathogen Diagnoses

Rapid, inexpensive, and sensitive nucleic acid detection may aid point-of-care pathogen detection, genotyping, and disease monitoring, and can be used to diagnose infections, such as Zika and dengue, with a high level of sensitivity. More...
26 Apr 2017
Image: Indirect fluorescent antibody test for Toxoplasma gondii, diffuse staining is considered positive (Photo courtesy of SPL).

New Immunoassay Evaluated for Toxoplasmosis

The infection by Toxoplasma gondii, an obligate intracellular parasite, is generally benign but can be particularly severe during pregnancy, leading to malformations of the fetus or a series of complications in the newborn. More...
25 Apr 2017
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