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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Clinical researchers from the UK are developing a method for diagnosing infections associated with prosthetic joint implants that promises to provide results in a matter of hours as opposed to a week or more.

The work, which leverages Oxford Nanopore sequencing technologies, was presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in Amsterdam earlier this week, one of several presentations that discussed the potential of the technology for rapid infectious disease diagnosis in near-patient settings.

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