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David Dorward, PhD / National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease

Tens of thousands of patients die every year from infections they pick up while they’re in the hospital. A Flagstaff-based institute has developed a screening test to find these infections early, before symptoms appear.


A one-hour test for Valley Fever now has a U.S. patent. The test was developed by scientists at the Translational Genomics Research Institute and Northern Arizona University.

This is the first direct test for Valley Fever. It identifies DNA from the soil fungus that causes the disease in samples of a patient’s respiratory fluid.  

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Valley Fever is named for California’s San Joaquin Valley, but the fungus that causes the disease actually originated in Arizona. That finding is the result of genetic testing performed by Flagstaff scientists.


Melissa Sevigny

A research institute in Flagstaff traced a deadly infection in South America to tainted cancer medication. Scientists made the connection because now they can map an organism’s complete DNA.


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Flagstaff scientists have identified a rare strain of “flesh eating bacteria” in Coconino County. It’s the first time the “superbug” has been seen in Arizona.


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