The Missing Link in Fighting Antibiotic Resistance

December 4, 2019

(Scientific American) – Understanding whether or not a patient already has a drug-resistant infection prior to antibiotic prescription is key to determining the best course of treatment. Thanks to advancements in diagnostics and informatics technologies, bacterial genetic tests are now capable of delivering results from urine, blood and respiratory samples in hours rather than days. These tests, when used in conjunction with informatics, are able to accurately detect the presence of antibiotic-resistant genes in pathogens and predict resistance to specific antibiotics.