SP Weekly: ASU researchers pioneer new MRSA test
Producer: Courtland Jeffrey Reporter: Sydney Schuman Camera: Daniel Santa Cruz Executive Producer: Erin O'Connor Special Thanks: Beau Grothendick, Elliot Hobbs and Dr. Lin Zhang
ASU researcher Todd Sandrin and his colleagues are researching a new diagnosing test for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, also known as MRSA. Instead of taking hours, this new test produces results in minutes. This is crucial, as MRSA can become life threatening in a matter of hours. Although the new test is beneficial, Sandrin and colleagues found that procedural differences have been resulting in false positives and false negatives. By revealing the imperfections in the test, Sandrin and colleague discovered an improvement that has the potential to save many lives. This groundbreaking discovery that was recently published in the Letters in Applied Microbiology academic journal.