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Scientists develop new MRSA bacteria test

30th March 2012

Scientists at Edinburgh University have developed a test to show whether wounds or lesions have been infected with bacteria including MRSA.

It works by taking swabs from a wound or sores, which are then analysed using a strip with electrical sensors that can detect MRSA. The breakthrough could enable much earlier detection of the bacteria, which would allow patients to be given more effective drugs straight away. The swab samples are currently processed in the laboratory to increase the amount of bacteria present before they are tested with the strips.

 

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