Researchers develop C-diff 'smell' detecting machine

A new machine which can spot even small amounts of the highly infectious C-difficile bacteria through 'smell' has been developed by researchers at the University of Leicester.

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Researchers develop C-diff 'smell' detecting machine

The new machine is called the 'electronic nose' Credit: University of Leicester

A new machine which can spot even small amounts of the highly infectious C-difficile bacteria through 'smell' has been developed by researchers at the University of Leicester.

The 'electronic nose' can also distinguish different strains of the bacteria, helping to make treatments more effective.

C-diff causes diarrhoea, temperature and stomach cramps Credit: University of Leicester

This work shows great promise. The different strains of C-diff have significantly different chemical fingerprints and with further research we would hope to be able to develop a reliable and almost instantaneous tool for detecting a specific strain, even if present in very small quantities.

– Professor Andy Ellis, from the Department of Chemistry
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