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Diagnostics Microbiology and immunology, Screening and monitoring, Point of care testing, Technology and innovation

Proteomic Biomarkers: Predicting Death from Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia

Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia is a major cause of illness and death worldwide – and one that’s tricky to diagnose early. The longer the infection goes untreated, the more a patient’s risk of death increases. With this in mind, David Gonzalez and colleagues – proteomics specialists at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine – investigated whether proteomic and metabolomic readouts from a patient’s blood sample could serve as predictive markers of response to infection – and, ultimately, risk of mortality.

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During my undergraduate degree in psychology and Master’s in neuroimaging for clinical and cognitive neuroscience, I realized the tasks my classmates found tedious – writing essays, editing, proofreading – were the ones that gave me the greatest satisfaction. I quickly gathered that rambling on about science in the bar wasn’t exactly riveting for my non-scientist friends, so my thoughts turned to a career in science writing. At Texere, I get to craft science into stories, interact with international experts, and engage with readers who love science just as much as I do.

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