Diagnosing tuberculosis

Published: Friday 31 July 1992

Medical researchers at the University of Arkansas have found a way to reduce dramatically the time needed to diagnose tuberculosis. The new method, which involves analysing genetic material found in tuberculosis cells, will enable laboratories to diagnose TB in just 36 hours, instead of upto four weeks that it takes now. This would allow for an early start to treatment and the saving of many lives.

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