New DNA Test Helps Detect Drug-Resistant TB Quickly

July 1, 2008

The World Health Organization and other global partners have kicked off a $26 million initiative to help promote a new DNA test to detect drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis (TB)....Washington (ChattahBox) – The World Health Organization and other global partners have kicked off a $26 million initiative to help promote a new DNA test to detect drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis (TB).

The initiative will take place in over 12 of the poorest countries hit by TB, and will work by converting laboratories into genetic testing facilities to test for tuberculosis (TB).

The new DNA test is called line probe assay, and gives back results in just a 24-hour period.

As of right now, current tests take weeks or months for results to come back, revealing whether the TB case is drug-resistant, or a more common strain.

This will help doctors move forward in a more efficient manner to treat the patient before it can spread and grow.

This initiative comes after positive trials which were held in South Africa.


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