"Artificial nose" allows for faster ID of blood infections

09/9/2013 | Yahoo

University of Illinois researchers have developed an "artificial nose" designed to improve blood infection diagnosis and identify specific microbes through their scent. The tool features a chemical sensing array and 36 pigment dots that change color depending on a microbe's signature odor. The new approach yields results within 24 hours, compared with up to 72 hours using current methods, researchers reported at a meeting of the American Chemical Society.

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