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New tuberculosis test dramatically cuts diagnosis time

University of St Andrews team has developed an analysis that provides result in four hours.

Scientists have developed a way to dramatically cut the time needed to diagnose tuberculosis in the developing world.

The treatable disease still causes about one million deaths every year, with diagnosis often taking months to confirm, but a team at the University of St Andrews has developed an analysis that provides result in four hours.

The molecular bacterial load assay (MBLA) investigates patient laboratory samples and can tell health care workers whether tuberculosis is present or not in four hours.

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