To assay a common risk factor for gastrointestinal ailments, Montreal-based Micropharma this week announced this week it has completed development of a new digital PCR-based test.

Using Bio-Rad droplet digital PCR, the test assays a gene though to play an important role in digestion, bile salt hydrolase (bsh). The gastrointestinal microbiome usually contains bacteria expressing the bsh gene, which produces an enzyme essential for modifying bile acid.

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