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

October 27, 2014 10:34 AM

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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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