A recent Science Alert article discussed a new test that diagnoses antibiotic-resistant superbugs in the blood. Currently, the fastest diagnosis time is roughly 24 hours, but the new test completes blood sampling and analysis in just one hour. Quicker results mean better treatment and limiting the spread of superbugs to improve patient outlooks.
The test was developed by researchers in various fields including molecular biology, chemistry, integrated optics, and chemical processing. Spinning the blood isolates bacteria from the samples so that their DNA can be analyzed and detected by a microchip.