DNA test rapidly diagnoses chlamydia infection in koalas

22 Aug 2019
An innovation in rapid diagnostics is helping fight chlamydia spread among koala populations.

A DNA test to rapidly detect chlamydia infection in koalas, offering on-the-spot results within 30 minutes, has been developed by a University of Queensland-led team of researchers.

Known as the LAMP (loop mediated isothermal amplification) test, it detects the most common chlamydia strain, which affects greater than 50 per cent of South East Queensland’s koala population and koalas Australia-wide.

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