UCI team develops test to rapidly diagnose bloodstream infection

13 November 2014
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imageNew 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, led by Weian Zhao, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, developed a new technology called Integrated Comprehensive Droplet Digital Detection. In as little as 90 minutes, IC 3D can detect bacteria in milliliters of blood with single-cell sensitivity; no cell culture is needed.

The work appears online today in Nature Communications.  Read more…