A fast-sensitive “electronic-nose” for sniffing the highly infectious bacteria C. diff, that causes diarrhoea, temperature and stomach cramps, has been developed by a team at the University of Leicester.
The team have measured the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) given out by different of strains of Clostridium difficile and have shown that many of them have a unique “smell”. In particular, different strains show different chemical fingerprints which are detected by a mass spectrometer.
Identifying the unique ‘smell’ of C. diff which would lead to rapid diagnosis of the condition.
The research is published on-line in the journal Metabolomics.
Caption: This is an image of Clostridium difficile or C-diff. Credit: University of Leicester
C. diff definitely has a “unique smell”.
Hey everyone, just found this on my dash and you will never guess who’s supervisor carried out this research! That’s right my very own. It’s a great new idea that hopefully will have many future applications.