Chip Identifies Bacterial Infection in Minutes, Not Days, University of Toronto Study

Published: Jun 19, 2013

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Bacterial infections kill tens of thousands of North Americans every year. Addressing the fact it can take days to find out which bacteria are behind the infections and even longer to establish exactly which drugs will work, may offer a way to reduce these deaths. Now according to a new study, a chip that identifies bacteria in minutes promises to slash those timescales. And not only does the chip identify the specific pathogen, it can also tell which drugs it is resistant to, say researchers from the University of Toronto (U of T) in Canada.

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