B.C. researchers discover gene signature that predicts sepsis (St. Paul's Hospital)

Researchers at the University of B.C. have discovered a gene signature linked to sepsis that could help physicians predict within an hour if a patient will develop the potentially life-threatening syndrome.

Sepsis is often diagnosed too late as the symptoms, like raised temperature, increased pulse and breathing rate and white blood cell count, are unspecific.

However, through analyzing 11 different clinical studies on sepsis, and carrying out their own clinical study at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, University of B.C. researchers identified a common gene signature found in all patients that went on to develop sepsis and organ failure.

Thandi Fletcher reports

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