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.