Category Archives: tuberculin skin test

New whole blood assay is the first to identify latent TB infections.

One of the roadblocks to the eradication of tuberculosis (TB) is the difficulty in identifying patients with latent TB infections. Neither the tuberculin skin test nor interferon-gamma release assays (IGRAs) are capable of distinguishing active from latent infection or predicting the chance of reactivation. Now researchers from the Yonsei University have developed a new multiple-target, real-time reverse transcription-PCR (real-time RT-PCR)

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