Babies suffering from bacterial infections like sepsis could benefit from better treatment, thanks to a ground-breaking study.
SynthSys PI, Professor Peter Ghazal, is amongst the Edinburgh team who have identified a signal consisting of 52 molecular characters - like a biological tweet - that is specific to bacterial infection.
The findings could help develop a test for bacterial infection in newborns, using a single drop of blood.
Using blood samples from newborn babies in Edinburgh, the study investigated thousands of signals written in biological code known as messenger RNAs.Through meticulous code-breaking the scientists were able to decipher with close to 100 per cent accuracy the signals generated by an infant’s genome that specifically tell if they are suffering from sepsis.
Professor Ghazal explains the research
Nature Communications Paper