Cheap, fast 'paper strip' test for Ebola, other infections, steps closer

October 27, 2014 10:34 AM

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Cheap, fast 'paper strip' test for Ebola, other infections, steps closer

In the first study, the scientists, from Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biological Inspired Engineering in Boston, MA, describe how they brought lab-testing ability to pocket-sized slips of paper by embedding them with synthetic gene networks. They also explain how they created various diagnostics, "including glucose sensors and strain-specific Ebola virus sensors."

Until recently, progress in synthetic biology has been hampered because scientists have only been able to develop synthetic mechanisms within living cells.

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