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Russian scientists have learned to quickly determine who infected a patient with HIV



This is a method of accelerated sequencing, that is, determining the genetic sequence of DNA and RNA. The new analysis does not decode the entire genome of the pathogen, but its specific parts. This can increase the throughput of laboratories by a factor of five.

Experts explained to journalists that if you do not study where the spread of HIV came from, it is impossible to interrupt the chain of infections. During such studies, doctors compare the nucleotide sequences of virus samples with each other and find groups of patients in whom they are very similar. If there is a connection, then we can say that people in the infected group are most likely epidemiologically related to each other. “For example, these are young people who got infected by homosexual means. Or a group of people who have had experience with parenteral drug use, ”the expert explained.

Scientists are planning to patent the technology.

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