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Simple Blood Test Will Tell if Patients Need to Take Antibiotics

July 6, 2016

(The Telegraph) – A simple blood test that tells the difference between bacterial and viral infections promises a major breakthrough in the fight against antimicrobial resistance that could save millions of lives. Scientists at Stanford University in California have identified seven genes whose “signature” during an illness allows doctors to tell whether the infection can be treated with antibiotics. The technique was trialled on the blood samples of 96 critically ill children and found to be successful.

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