New technology can detect bacterial invaders with unprecedented speed, sensitivity Irvine, Calif., Nov. 13, 2014 — A new bloodstream infection test created by UC Irvine researchers can speed up diagnosis times with unprecedented accuracy, allowing physicians to treat patients with potentially deadly ailments more promptly and effectively. The UCI team,
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In recent years, new strains of bacteria have emerged that resist even the most powerful antibiotics. Each year, these superbugs, including drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis and staphylococcus, infect more than 2 million people nationwide, and kill at least 23,000. Despite the urgent need for new treatments, scientists have discovered very
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The rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria could lead to a future full of untreatable infections, experts have warned us for years. Now the Obama administration is stepping up its efforts to combat the rising problem of antibiotic resistance. The President signed an executive order Thursday establishing a new inter-agency task force
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There are surprisingly few ways to directly observe how cells and proteins work inside living creatures. Weian Zhao devised simple sensors that let scientists do exactly that. Zhao starts by identifying a short, single-stranded piece of DNA called an aptamer that selectively binds with a protein or other biomolecule researchers
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