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Infectious Disease Diagnostics – News and Features

Diagnostic device showing proteins that glow bright blue or green.

Glow-in-the-Dark Assay Could Help Diagnose Viral Diseases

A team has developed a sensitive diagnostic method that analyzes viral nucleic acids in as little as 20 minutes and can be completed in one step with “glow-in-the-dark” proteins.
Illustration of the human torso and lungs.

New Technology Developed To Detect Active TB

A team from Wayne State University has discovered a new technology that will quickly and easily detect active Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) infection antibodies.
COVID-19 rapid antigen test.

Glow-in-the-Dark Technology Enhances COVID-19 Tests

Researchers at the University of Houston are using glow-in-the-dark materials to enhance and improve rapid COVID-19 home tests.
Illustration of RNA and protein molecules.

New Testing Approach Diagnoses COVID-19 With Near-Perfect Accuracy

By monitoring the body’s molecular response to a viral attack, the new method developed by Flatiron Institute researchers and their colleagues can diagnose even asymptomatic patients with 98.4 percent accuracy.
Lady holding up a lateral flow test displaying a control line but no test line.

An Introduction to the Lateral Flow Test: Strengths, Limitations and Applications

Diagnostic testing is key in many areas including healthcare and preventative medicine, food safety and environmental monitoring. In this article, we will consider what lateral flow tests (LFTs) are, how they work and their applications.
Influenza viral particles.

Progress in Glycobiology: Building on Foundations and Continuing Momentum

This article walks through some of the foundational developments in the field of glycobiology that have powered the progress made in 2022 and what these advancements signal for the future.
Clinical laboratory worker holding a rack of test tubes containing blood samples.

How Do Blood Tests Work? Medical Laboratory Scientists Explain the Pathway From Blood Draw to Diagnosis and Treatment

There are a lot of steps between when your doctor orders a blood test to establishing a diagnosis. From the bedside to the lab bench, here’s how laboratory testing works.
Sample being added to a lateral flow test.

Ultrasensitive Lateral Flow Assays Developed

Plasmon-enhanced LFAs improve inexpensive, readily available rapid tests to levels of sensitivity required by physicians for confidence in test results without the need for lab-based confirmation.
T cells.
Industry Insight

High-Precision T-Cell Testing: Driving Diagnostics Forward

To learn more about T-cell testing, the types of diseases it can help to diagnose and its value in clinical trials, we spoke to Phill Keefe, chief executive officer of PerkinElmer’s Oxford Immunotec division.
A blue virion on a black background.

Novel Circovirus Discovered and Linked to Hepatitis

A novel circovirus – a small, highly resistant DNA virus – has been discovered and linked to hepatitis in a case study of a patient in Europe.