One test shows every bacteria, virus, and parasite in your body – Biotech’s Future


CRYSTAL ICENHOUR: What our ultimate goal is with my company is from one biological sample, to be able to tell you every bacteria, virus, fungus, and parasite from that sample from one test. ♪ MUSIC ♪ We can give priority to unique information in the sample, which lets us look at things like the viruses, the bacteria, the fungi, the parasites. It allows us to really be able to dig into that information and find… effectively find the needle in the haystack. The area that we really are focused on right now is cases of unknown etiology. Cases that are really tough cases where they have tried every test and they just don’t get an answer. So we were working with a group in Chile that were raising rainbow trout for commercial purposes and they had fish that were sick. So we received tissues from these fish and we used our sequencing technology to identify everything that was in those fish populations, and what we ended up identifying was a novel virus. There was no way they could get an answer from the existing technologies because existing technologies had no way to be able to identify that because right now, when you do diagnostics, you have to know what you’re looking for. The benefit of what we do is you don’t have to know what you’re looking for. You simply need a biological sample. We sequence it, analyze it, and we tell you what’s there, irrespective if we’ve ever seen it before. The data is there to tell us what’s there. I love the fact that what we’re working on is going to change the way that infectious diseases are identified. To be on the front edge of this technology and being part of the group that’s carrying this leading edge technology forward is very exciting.

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6 thoughts on “One test shows every bacteria, virus, and parasite in your body – Biotech’s Future

  1. There's a HUGE difference between "every" and "any", it may be time for you to learn properly expressing yourself in English or to dial back the marketing BS. Or, better yet, both.

  2. What is the name of this test? And how much is it to get is there a website or something I can go to I really need help and have nowhere else to turn doctors can't find anything wrong with me please help thank you I know this video is old hoping I get a response

  3. This sounds amazing. The future of medicine is to be able to easily identify root causes of diseases/issues people experience, not just focus on treating symptoms.

  4. Is this available in UK? some of us are desperate for tests and treatment though far too ill to work or survive without charity

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