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Raman Spectroscopy Technique Identifies Antibiotic Resistance In Under Three Hours

Knowing that existing methods for pathogen diagnostics are time-consuming and expensive, a team of scientists at the Leibniz-Institute of Photonic Technologies (Leibniz-IPHT), the Center for Sepsis Control and Care at the University Hospital Jena, and Friedrich Schiller University (all in Jena, Germany) have developed a lab-on-a-chip system that combines Raman spectroscopy analysis with microfluidic sample processing. With the system, the researchers could clearly identify bacterial strains and their resistances in less than three hours, according to project manager Ute Neugebauer.

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