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New software detects infections within minutes

New software detects infections within minutes
May 26, 2016

Presenting their findings in a study published in Genome Biology, researchers at the University of Utah, ARUP Laboratories and IDbyDNA have developed a software technology called Taxonomer that uses metagenomics data on cellphones and computers to diagnose viral, bacterial and fungal infections within minutes.

“As a clinician, this gives you a better idea when we identify a pathogen whether it is really the cause of the disease,” study researcher Carrie L. Byington, MD, professor of pediatrics at the University of Utah and co-director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, said in a press release. “This tool will also allow us to determine if the patient is responding to a bacterial or viral infection when we do not find a pathogen or when we find multiple potential causes.”

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