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Catching the Bug

The winter months are notorious for wreaking havoc with our immune systems – and draining resources in already overstretched hospitals. Incidence of influenza rockets during the cold season, affecting 5–10 percent of adults and 20–30 percent of children every year (1). Now, a rapid, PCR-based molecular test can diagnose 43 strains of influenza A and B and seven strains of respiratory syncytial virus (a leading cause of respiratory disease) within 20 minutes (2). By applying real-time PCR to a nasopharyngeal swab sample, the test could significantly reduce the unnecessary occupation of hospital beds and lead to more effective treatment for patients.

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Luke Turner

While completing my undergraduate degree in Biology, I soon discovered that my passion and strength was for writing about science rather than working in the lab. My master’s degree in Science Communication allowed me to develop my science writing skills and I was lucky enough to come to Texere Publishing straight from University. Here I am given the opportunity to write about cutting edge research and engage with leading scientists, while also being part of a fantastic team!

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