Scientists break new ground with MRSA test

CAPITAL scientists have developed a groundbreaking test which could speed up diagnosis of the killer superbug MRSA.

The test, using tiny electrical sensors, developed at Edinburgh University in collaboration with NHS Lothian, is designed to quickly show whether wounds or lesions are infected with bacteria and if MRSA is present.

Its speedy detection would help prevent infection from spreading, which can lead to the amputation of limbs and increase the risk of death.

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The test works by analysing a swab using electrical sensors that can detect MRSA.

Dr Till Bachman, from Edinburgh University’s Division of Pathway Medicine, said: “By developing a rapid and cost-effective test, we would know what kind of infection is present straight away.”