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The Guesswork Is Almost Over

Laura Freeman May 12, 2016 iCubate founder Jian Han, MD, PhD holds the iCubate cassette. Instead of waiting for cultures and plate counts, soon iCubate DNA assays could be telling you exactly what gram positive bacteria you are fighting. The iCubate iC-GPC Assay developed in Huntsville has passed beta testing in three U.S. hospitals with flying colors, and following clinical trials for FDA approval, it could be available for use in patient care within a year. “With one blood sample, the assay can test for multiple molecular targets and for antibiotic resistance. It enables physicians to ask better questions—not simply ...
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Test to diagnose “normal” health could help re-focus medical system on prevention.

By: Cathy Yarbrough, contributing science writer Jian Han, MD, PhD, envisions a future when medical check-ups will include a test to determine your health index – a measure of your immune system’s readiness to ward off invading viruses. Han described his ideas at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology’s 2015 Immunogenomics conference, held in late September in Huntsville, Ala. A health index based on the strength of the immune system will enable doctors to diagnose normal health as well as disease, said Han, who is a faculty investigator at HudsonAlpha. “The U.S. health care system is often criticized as overly focused ...
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