New blood test detects bovine TB

Bacteriophage-based test can detect any type of mycobacteria, such as Johne's disease, in any species of livestock.

A new blood test to detect mycobacteria in blood has been developed by a team at The University of Nottingham in the U.K.

The team was led by Dr. Cath Rees, an expert in microbiology in the Nottingham School of Biosciences, and Dr. Ben Swift from the university's School of Veterinary Medicine & Science.

The researchers have used this new method to show that cattle diagnosed with bovine tuberculosis (TB) have detectable levels of the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis

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