Johns Hopkins University has been awarded US Patent No. 8,288,524, "Molecular diagnosis of bacteremia."

Richard Rothman, Maulik Majmudar, and Charlotte Gayos are named as inventors.

Describes a highly specific assay that can be used to detect bacteremia in the clinical setting. The ubiquitous background endogenous DNA present in all PCR reagents is eliminated using a restriction endonuclease digestion. Universal primers for eubacteria are used for detection, and specific primers or probes for bacterial species can be used to identify species.

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