October 27, 2008
New Cystic Fibrosis Blood Test Developed
U.S. scientists say they've developed a simple gene-based blood test that can more accurately and quickly measure cystic fibrosis patients' therapy response.
Researchers at National Jewish Medical and Research Center said the test, a measure of inflammatory gene expression, could improve patient care and help clear a backlog of promising medications now hung up in clinical trials.
A small "proof-of-principal" trial involving the new test is reported in the Nov. 1 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.