Image of Cytecom device from University of Warwick
  • 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.

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