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Novel technology may yield clues to polio-like illness

Researchers are applying host-response diagnostics and machine-learning analysis in a race to determine the cause of acute flaccid myelitis, a polio-like disease that has sickened at least 134 people -- mostly children -- in the US this year, according to the CDC. If their approach succeeds, it also could be used to aid in development of early treatments for the disease.

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