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NEW YORK – The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Manchester Biomedical Research Centre in the UK said last week that it has launched a clinical trial for a point-of-care PCR-based pharmacogenetic test to predict hearing loss from antibiotic treatment in newborns.

The test uses a cheek swab and delivers a result in less than 30 minutes. It is designed to detect a genetic variant that is present in 1 in 500 individuals. Individuals carrying the mutation suffer from severe hearing loss or deafness if they are treated with the antibiotic gentamicin.

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