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Early bug detection hope

7th April 2008

Researchers from the University of Sunderland have developed a way to quickly detect a superbug which infects weakened immune systems.

Under the new diagnostic method, a non-coloured compound reacts with an enzyme in pseudomonas aeruginosa, which then produces a distinctive purple colour. Researchers say it could identify the pseudomonas aeruginosa bug within 24 to 48 hours of infection and greatly increase a patient’s chances of survival. Cystic fibrosis, cancer and AIDS sufferers, burns and transplant patients are particularly at risk from the potentially-fatal bacterium.

 

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