The Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) has been granted a South African patent on an innovation in diagnosis of infectious diseases.
Microbial antigenic particles can bind specifically to antibodies of corresponding specificity present in the serum of infected man or animal to form a clump called agglutinate. This is the basis of diagnostic tests employed for several bacterial and viral diseases of man and animals.
However,inability to detect small clumps can sometimes lead to false negative result and aggregates of antigen particles alone can often lead to false positive results.
The new diagnostic test called Superagglutination test provides an ingenious solution to the problem of false positive and false negative results common with the available diagnostic tests and kits employed for diagnosis of infectious diseases of animals and humans.
The man behind the breakthrough is Dr Hari Mohan Saxena,Professor of Immunology.