Potentially fatal antibiotic-resistant bacteria can now be found in a matter of minutes.

Scientists at Auburn University in Alabama have used bacteria-killing viruses to find superbugs with new methods that previously took hours. These viruses can act as biosensors to find resistant strains of staphylococcus (a bacterium that usually resides on the skin) in less than twelve minutes, which can mean the difference between life and death for some patients.

In a study released recently in the Journal of Visualized Experiments, Dr. Vodyanoy has revealed the groundbreaking process that will enable doctors to provide quicker and more efficient care to patients alongside a more thorough way of disinfecting hospitals. The pathegons are identified by their change of color when applied to drug-resistant samples providing results in much less time than current methods, which involve lengthy purification techniques.

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