Researchers develop critical shortcut to detect and identify known and emerging pathogens
Researchers at McMaster University have developed a sophisticated new tool that could help provide early warning of rare and unknown viruses in the environment and identify potentially deadly bacterial pathogens which cause sepsis, among other uses.
The new algorithm is an advanced tool that can help develop probes to capture trace quantities of pathogens, both known and unknown from a wide variety of situations, like the animal-to-human transmission of infections such as SARS-CoV-2 or monitor reservoirs in the environment for possible emerging pathogens.
To date most labs have bulk sequenced samples, a laborious and costly process that typically requires scientists to tease out and then reassemble minute fragments of specific DNA, which are difficult to detect and often contaminated by the billions of other organisms in the same sample or …
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