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U-M researcher's idea jells into potential new disease-detection method
Date:3/22/2009

on is simpler and less subject to interpretation than other detection methods such as colorimetry and spectroscopy.

"I like the simplicity of not needing an instrument and just being able to flip the sample vial over and see if a gel has formed," McNeil said. At this point, the new technique isn't sensitive enough for clinical use, but McNeil and Chen are working to improve its sensitivity. They're also extending the approach to design materials that would use stimuli-induced gelation to detect hazardous materials, such as explosives.


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Contact: Nancy Ross-Flanigan
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734-647-1853
University of Michigan
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