New research has enabled a hospital to locate the source of MRSA infection and eradicate the potentially life-threatening disease, using advanced DNA tracking technologies.
Dr Julian Parkhill, head of pathogen genomics at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge, explained that the emergence of this technique was born of a collaboration between Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Cambridge Sanger centre.
Professor Parkhill told Today presenter Evan Davis: "We have been able to... build a very accurate family tree of the bacteria and say very clearly how closely related bacteria are and therefore whether transition has occurred."
The will "allow us to act to intervene to break that transition cycle as quickly as possible," he added.
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