Handheld Pathogen Detector

Two Cornell professors are developing a handheld pathogen sensor capable of detecting pathogens like chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV and tuberculosis in minutes. Professor Dan Luo has developed a way to amplify small samples of pathogen DNA, RNA and proteins to more easily detect them. Professor Edwin Kan has designed a computer chip to test these amplified samples and report a positive or negative result in about 30 minutes. Together, they hope to develop a “practical, low-cost testing kit” for use in developing countries. (Image from Luo Lab)
(Source: Smart Planet)

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