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Norwich scientists in flu test breakthrough

Scientists in Norwich have invented a quick and simple way to test for flu, using sugar mixed with gold.

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Norwich scientists hope for golden flu breakthrough

Scientists will use sugar mixed with gold to detect flu. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Scientists in Norwich have invented a quick and simple way to test for flu, using sugar mixed with gold.

The colour of the sugar changes according to the strain of flu.

The test was discovered in Norwich's John Innes Centre. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Quick diagnosis of flu is important, because vaccination and antiviral drugs need to be administered to patients within 48 hours of infection.

Attention will now turn towards finding a way of marketing the test commercially.

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