New laser diagnosis to catch bacterial meningitis
Scientists at Strathclyde University have developed a new technique to identify bacterial meningitis in patients.
Laser light is scattered on to a sample of blood to identify pathogens present in DNA.
The 'finger-printing' technique can work on more than one bacterium at a time, meaning treatment can be targeted.
If the disease develops, it can lead to blood poisoning, brain damage and amputation of limbs.
BBC Scotland's science correspondent Ken Macdonald reports.
12 Feb 2014
- From the section Scotland