The Eagle (Bryan, Texas) (12.12.2013)
Researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center announced a new TB test that provides results in 40 minutes. According to Jeffrey Cirillo, a professor at Texas A&M Health Science Center Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology, the test, which is faster than the standard sputum test for TB, combines a sputum sample with a reactive substance, creating a light that healthcare providers can detect by a battery-powered hand-held reader or a cellphone. He stated that the test can diagnose TB even before the two- to three-month period when transmission is common. He expects to see the new method being used in approximately 18 months outside the United States, but the goal is to make it available for in-home use. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust funded the research for this new test, which was in development for approximately six years.