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Scientists develop hand-held DNA sequencer for infectious diseases

August 30, 2014

New Zealand researchers have developed a novel, hand-held DNA assay capable of detecting suspected viruses and bacteria, as well as the severity of infection, according to a news release.

The battery-powered device, which utilizes quantitative PCR technology, provides results within 1 hour, potentially allowing its user to determine the presence of a pathogen and the extent of infection in samples while remaining at the site of an outbreak.

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Scientists develop hand-held DNA sequencer for infectious diseases

August 30, 2014
New Zealand researchers have developed a novel, hand-held DNA assay capable of detecting suspected viruses and bacteria, as well as the severity of…
In the Journals

Asymptomatic food handlers common cause of foodborne illness outbreaks

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Nearly one-quarter of foodborne illness outbreaks from 2005 to 2011 were caused by asymptomatic food handlers, according to researchers from the…
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Preventive surgical site infection bundle reduced colorectal surgery-related infections

August 28, 2014
A preventive surgical site infection bundle was associated with significant reductions in surgical site infections after colorectal surgery…
In the Journals

HEV antibody prevalence decreased since 1988

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New data from a CDC study indicate that the prevalence of hepatitis E virus antibodies has decreased significantly from 1988-1994 to…
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