Plastic chip a step forward for cystic fibrosis patients

A small plastic chip with the capacity to house various strains of bacteria may help successfully treat infection in cystic fibrosis patients, University of Queensland researchers have found.

When attached to an electrical current, the microfluidic device can be used to distinguish between related bacteria strains. This can aid detection of mucoid strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a pathogen known to inhibit breathing in cystic fibrosis patients.

Researchers hope the technique will soon be developed into a system capable of being applied in a clinical setting.

Read more at The University of Queensland