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Laser detection for meningitis?

Laser detection for meningitis?

12 February 2014

An interesting story in today's news that scientists at Strathclyde University have developed a new test to speed up the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis using lasers.

Linda Glennie, our Head of Medical Information and Research, Meningitis Research Foundations commented: “This charity has a specific focus on meningitis research, fundraising for insights into the disease and preventative measures. We welcome innovative thinking and are intrigued by Strathclyde University’s experimental use of laser technology to detect bacterial Neisseria meningitidis, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus infuenzae. We welcome anything which speeds up detection of meningitis, but for this technique to provide advantages over existing techniques it would need to be validated clinically, and developed as a point of care test that could be applied in clinical settings.”

Read the original paper from Chemical Science that prompted today's news

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