Saturday, March 18, 2017

Nanoscience Innovation Aids Quick Virus Detection

New nanoscience technology may help slow down influenza outbreaks and speed up vaccine development and human testing. 

Professor Suresh Neethirajan, the head of BioNano Laboratory at the School of Engineering of the University of Guelph collaborated with a team of Japanese and South Korean scientists. They developed a sensitive monitoring system that identifies what virus strains will be most widely circulated for a specific year. 

The system is 500 times more sensitive than current systems being used. Results are produced within a few seconds or less than a minute. The method also has potential to be used for detection of food-borne viruses. 

-Anne Sommer

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