• Press Release

"How DNA Tests Can Help Physicians Detect Infectious Diseases Faster"-Megan Knowles

  • Becker’s Clinical Leadership & Infection
  • New York, NY
  • (October 24, 2018)

Hospitals are starting to look to genetic sequencing services to identify pathogens that make patients sick. Karius, a life sciences company focusing on infectious disease diagnostics with genomics, uses DNA tests that can deliver results quicker than traditional lab methods. “This is pretty bleeding-edge stuff,” said Joel Dudley, PhD director of the Mount Sinai Institute for Next Generation Healthcare and executive vice president of precision health for the Mount Sinai Health System. But if scientists look to sequencing and software to identify microbes from DNA alone, they first need to develop massive genetic databases that evolve with the pathogens. "We're just beginning to get data sets big enough to have clinical utility," Dr. Dudley said. "So there's still work to be done. But it's a very promising approach for getting diagnoses more quickly."

- Joel Dudley, PhD, Director, Institute for Next Generation Healthcare, Associate Professor, Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Population Health Science and Policy, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Executive Vice President, Precision Health, Mount Sinai Health System

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