Author: Julie Spitzer
Sniffling, sneezing, coughing and wheezing, the tissue box empties as the infection worsens and a trip to the doctor may only do as much as a simple decongestant, depending on what kind of infection you body is fighting that is. Knowing, however, which type of illness has taken over your body’s insides may now be discovered much more easily, leading to better treatment practices and vaccination make ups. Recently, researchers have found that gene behaviors, or rather gene signatures, are able to show whether an illness is viral or bacterial. Such information is relevant as it will help diagnose and treat the illness.