A new biosensor can instantly detect viruses such as Ebola (pictured), with little or no sample preparation (Image: Thomas W. Geisbert, Boston University School of Medicine)
A new biosensor can instantly detect viruses in body fluids, with little or no sample preparation (Image: Hatice Altug)
While there are already effective methods of screening samples of body fluids for viruses such as Ebola, these tend to require a fair amount of sample preparation time and a decent technological infrastructure. Time isn’t always in abundance at places such as airports, while infrastructure is lacking in many developing nations. Fortunately, researchers have created a diagnostic tool that can detect viruses quickly and easily, and that’s about the size of a quarter.
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