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Infectious diseases have a new adversary – a 3D printed black box developed by researchers at McMaster University, Ontario. Costing no more than $200 and just minutes to put together, the so-termed “Printed Fluorescence Imaging Box” (PFIbox) is expediting the time it takes to discover new antibiotics.
The PFIBox is part of critical research at McMaster studying ways to overcome superbugs – a strain of bacteria that has become immune to antibiotics. One common example of a superbug is MRSA. According to the MRSA Research Center at The University of Chicago around 90,000 Americans suffer from invasive forms of the disease each year, resulting in an estimated 20,000 deaths.
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Dr. Eric Brown, part of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research and principal of the Brown Lab at McMaster, is one of the PFIBox’s three creators. According to Dr. Brown, “3D printing is allowing us to create tools and instrumentation that simply don’t exist yet.”
In addition, the PFIBox in particular, is “simply game-changing for our work to discover new antibiotics.”
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Designs for the box are to be made opensource, available for anyone to download and use in their own research. McMaster Research Associate Shawn French adds:
“WE WANT PEOPLE TO HAVE FULL ACCESS TO WHAT WE THINK IS A VERY IMPORTANT NEW DEVELOPMENT IN THE BATTLE AGAINST SUPERBUGS.”
The PFIbox is assembled...
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