Scientists use breakthrough DNA technology to diagnose cases of tuberculosis faster

Whole Genome Sequencing is a faster, cheaper and more effective way of diagnosing tuberculosis, according to a new study published in the journal Lancet Respiratory Medicine. A team of researchers utilized innovative DNA technology to diagnose cases of tuberculosis (TB) up to eight times faster than traditional methods and proved more cost effective, compared to current technologies. While Whole Genome Sequencing has been previously used in TB research studies, this is the first time the technology was applied in real world scenarios. In addition to facilitating faster and more targeted treatment of people with TB, the speedy diagnosis also meant the scientists were able to detect and respond to potential outbreaks as they happen.

Source : www.medicalnewstoday.com      2015/12/16 10:17

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