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Giant leap in diagnosing liver disease

Giant leap in diagnosing liver disease

A collaborative team of Salk Institute and UC San Diego scientists have created a novel microbiome-based diagnostic tool that, with the accuracy of the best physicians, quickly and inexpensively identifies liver fibrosis and cirrhosis over 90 percent of the time in human patients. The non-invasive method relies on an algorithm to analyze patient stool samples–which contains traces of what lives in the gut–and could lead to improved patient care and treatment outcomes for liver disease.

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