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  • Get a whiff of this: Low-cost sensor can diagnose bacterial infections

    Chemistry professor Ken Suslick developed an artificial "nose" than can diagnose bacterial infections in only a few hours. The new process can identify specific species and strains of bacteria more quickly than a clinical blood culture, which can take 24 to 72 hours.

    Chemistry professor Ken Suslick developed an artificial "nose" than can diagnose bacterial infections in only a few hours. The new process can identify specific species and strains of bacteria more quickly than a clinical blood culture, which can take 24 to 72 hours.

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  • Editor's note: To contact Kenneth Suslick, call 217-333-2794; e-mail ksuslick@illinois.edu.

    The paper, "Rapid Identification of Bacteria with a Disposable Colorimetric Sensing Array," is available online or from the News Bureau.