Veredus Laboratories has introduced a multiplexed molecular diagnostic chip that will quickly and accurately detect mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) and its mutations, as well as 9 other clinically relevant nontubercular mycobacteria called VereMTB. The chip is said to complete diagnosis and identify the mycobacterium from natural samples in less than 3 hours, as compared to 8 weeks using traditional methods. There is no requirement for culturing, and due to the small size of the chip, the system can be used in a wide range of point-of-need settings. The VereMTB chip is currently undergoing testing and evaluation by the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Beijing, China, and will be on display at the 43rd Union World Conference on Lung Health in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 13–17 November 2012.
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