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UNC study finds massive cost savings in high-tech pathogen-identification method

Researchers at UNC Health Care have found that using a new method for identifying bacteria and fungi in patient specimens led to a 92 percent cost reduction in the reagents needed to run clinical microbiology tests.
During the year-long study, the new technology – called MALDI-TOF MS – was also found to take much less time. In most cases, lab technologists identified a pathogen in about an hour; test results from conventional molecular methods take at least a day and often

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