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Tuberculosis

19 August 2010

Genetic signature may improve TB diagnosis

Scientists have found a genetic signature in the blood of patients with active TB, and believe their discovery could help develop better diagnostic tests for the disease.

Scientists have found a "genetic signature" in the blood of patients with active tuberculosis (TB), and believe their discovery could help develop better diagnostic tests for the disease, as well as better treatments.

The genetic signature shows the extent of the disease in the lungs, and disappears after successful treatment, they said in a study in the journal Nature on Wednesday.

 

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