Experimental Technology Diagnoses Illness in Boy with ADA SCID

safe_imageFourteen-year-old Joshua Osborn, a member of the IDF community who was born with ADA SCID, was in a coma after weeks of fluid collecting on his brain for reasons unable to be identified. After physicians attempted all known methods for diagnostic results without success, an experimental new technology was employed with momentous results. Using a method called unbiased next-generation sequencing, scientists were able to pinpoint the bacterial pathogen causing the encephalitis and begin Joshua’s life-saving treatment. This technology changes the landscape of medical diagnostics and will undoubtedly save many lives.

You can read more about this revolutionary testing at the links below:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/05/health/in-first-quick-dna-test-diagnoses-a-boys-illness.html?ref=health&_r=0

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1401268#t=abstract