- Scientists at the University of Warwick showed that bioelectrical signals from bacteria can be used to rapidly determine if they are alive or dead.
- The findings offer a new technology which detects live bacteria in minutes instead of waiting for lab-test results which can take days.
- When ‘zapped’ with an electrical field, live bacteria absorb dye molecules, causing the cells to light up and allowing them to be counted easily.
- This rapid technique can detect antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
For more details see the following press release.