Volume 92 Issue 25 | p. 9 | News of The Week
Issue Date: June 23, 2014 | Web Date: June 19, 2014

Identifying Pathogens

Medical Diagnostics: Mass spec technique can distinguish many types of bacteria, fungi
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Biological SCENE
Keywords: mass spectrometry, bacteria, microbial identification, fungi

A mass-spectrometry-based method developed by researchers in London can rapidly identify the species and strain of bacteria and fungi responsible for infections (Anal. Chem. 2014, DOI: 10.1021/ac501075f). Doctors could use such a technique to find the microbial culprits behind life-threatening infections in patients, allowing them to save precious time and pick the most effective antibiotics, . . .

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