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Researchers from Boston University receive grant to develop improved virus detection system
Date:10/4/2011

d the readers are expected to be the size of a breadbox, making them easily portable.

Early tests of the system will be carried out in Connor's laboratory which will use pseudo-viruses that will help with the development of the detection platforms. He will be utilizing a veterinary virus that will establish the sensitivity, reproducibility and the flexibility of the detection platforms. Following the initial development and validation of the detectors, the researchers will partner with Becton Dickinson (BD), a leading global medical technology company, to transform one of the virus diagnostic platforms into a working prototype. They will send the prototype for testing to the lab of Thomas Geisbert, PhD, from the University of Texas Medical Branch.

According to the researchers, the current limitations of conventional virus detection methods include expensive equipment, relatively long process times and require extensive training. "Under the new NIH grant, our goal is to produce a highly-sensitive, user-friendly, commercially-viable virus detection system that can be deployed at the point of care and detect viruses in about 30 minutes," explained nl.


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Contact: Gina DiGravio
gina.digravio@bmc.org
617-638-8480
Boston University Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

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