Research not to be sniffed at
© University of Leicester; From L to R: Dr Martha Clokie, Professor Andy Ellis and Professor Paul Monks from the University of Leicester
Researchers from the University have pooh-poohed infectious diseases after developing a new “electronic-nose” to sniff out C-diff in human faeces - known to cause diarrhoea, temperature and stomach cramps.
Using a mass spectrometer the research team has demonstrated that it is possible to identify the unique ‘smell’ of C-diff which will help doctors diagnose the condition rapidly. The technology could also potentially be used to identify other diseases by their 'chemical fingerprint'.
The research, which has been published in the journal Metabolomics, was carried out by Professors Paul Monks and Andy Ellis from the Department of Chemistry and Dr Martha Clokie from the Department of .