Haffkine to conduct trial for faster, cheaper TB diagnosis

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Published: June 15, 2018 2:32:44 am

Mumbai has witnessed a rise in the number of TB patients and one of the factors is better diagnosis and contact tracing. (Image used for representational purpose)

Following the success of a small laboratory trial, the central government is funding a tuberculosis diagnosis programme that will use a technology to identify tuberculosis bacteria from other micro-organisms — a process estimated to reduce both time and cost. The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) will provide Rs 90 lakh for the next three years for the programme.

The initial testing was conducted in Haffkine Institute for Training, Research and Testing. The programme is now expected to test around 450 samples of tuberculosis patients in Nair Hospital as part of the larger trial.

“Initially, our sample size was very…

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