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Infectious Disease Diagnostics – News and Features

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200 New Kinds of CRISPR Systems Discovered

By analyzing bacterial data, researchers have discovered thousands of rare new CRISPR systems that have a range of functions and could enable gene editing, diagnostics and more.
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"Mini Bladders" Reveal New Insights Into Urinary Tract Infections

A human tissue model of a bladder has been used by researchers to show that bacterial strains can hide in the bladder wall, causing persistent urinary tract infections.
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Lab-on-a-Chip Accurately Identifies Viruses Within Three Minutes

A virus diagnosis device that gives lab-quality results within just three minutes has been invented by engineers at the University of Bath, who describe it as the ‘world’s fastest Covid test’.
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The Future of Digital Health With Professor Michael Snyder

Professor Michael Snyder performed the first longitudinal detailed integrative personal omics profile and used this to assess disease risk and monitor disease states. Technology Networks invited Snyder to an Ask Me Anything session to answer your questions about the future of digital health.

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New Rapid Electronic Diagnostic Test for Infectious Diseases Developed

A new molecular test for bacteria and viruses, including SARS-CoV-2 has been developed by scientists at the University of Surrey, as they warn that the world needs to be prepared for the next pandemic.
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Pathogen Detection Simplified With DNA Nanoballs

A research team has used DNA nanoballs to simplify nucleic acid testing and detect pathogens quickly and cheaply.
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COVID-19 “Super Dodgers” May Have a Genetic Ace up Their Sleeve

People who contract COVID-19 but never develop symptoms may have a genetic ace up their sleeve. They’re more than twice as likely as those who become symptomatic to carry a specific gene variation that helps them obliterate the virus, according to a new study led by UC San Francisco researchers.
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Long COVID Risk Reduced by Common Diabetes Drug

Metformin, a drug commonly used to treat diabetes, can reduce the risk of developing long COVID by over 40%, according to a study.
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COVID-19 Booster Strengthens Immunity in Blood Cancer Patients

Research by the University of Southampton into the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines in people with lymphoma has shown that repeated vaccination increases their ability to prevent infection from the virus, particularly after four doses.
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Industry Insight

Exploring the Role of Viral Genomics in Pandemic Preparedness

This article discusses why the proactive detection and monitoring of viral threats through genomics studies is vital in preventing future pandemics and empowering healthcare providers in the face of increasing globalization.