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Automated lab to tackle flu outbreaks

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Automated lab to tackle flu outbreaks

 

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say a new automated lab can analyze thousands of flu samples in days, offering health officials a fast picture of an emerging pandemic

Researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratories in New Mexico say the self-contained lab, in a 7-by-14 foot glass cubicle, can analyze flu samples at speeds far exceeding the capabilities of existing public health labs, the Albuquerque Journal reported Tuesday

"When H1N1 [flu] broke out, most of the public health laboratories were just overwhelmed," LANL project manager Tracy Erkkila said

The timeliness of the existing system "is not even close to what you need to make some public health decisions," he said

LANL also built a second self-contained lab that can quickly map the complete DNA sequence of a flu virus, and in just four months the lab has sequenced an estimated 600 type-B flu strains, or about twice the number known previously, Erkkila said

LANL says that a global network of the twin automated labs, the first screening thousands of samples to identify pathogens and the second performing a complete DNA analysis, would give health officials and vaccine manufacturers a quick way of identifying dangerous flu strains and potential pandemics

 

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