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Don’t Have Your Fake or Eat It

What was the inspiration behind the test?

For the last decade, I’ve been working with other scientists in the developing world, and have learned much about how healthcare works – or doesn’t work – in those countries. This piqued my interest in developing low-cost tests that could improve healthcare for people living in those areas. At the same time, Kat Boehle (1) and I were working on a test for anti-microbial resistance. The test detects bacteria by measuring an enzyme (betalactamase) involved in antibiotic resistance – using the bacteria’s own resistance machinery against it. Kat and I realized we could use that same enzyme to detect antibiotics using a test that was both unique and low-cost.

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