Paper strip can detect Ebola in 10 minutes

Paper strip can detect Ebola in 10 minutes
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Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a paper strip that can quickly diagnose Ebola as well as other fevers such as dengue and yellow fever in just 10 minutes. The new device relies on lateral flow technology which is used in pregnancy tests and has recently been exploited for diagnosing strep throat and other bacterial infections.

Washington: Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a paper strip that can quickly diagnose Ebola as well as other fevers such as dengue and yellow fever in just 10 minutes. The new device relies on lateral flow technology which is used in pregnancy tests and has recently been exploited for diagnosing strep throat and other bacterial infections.

Unlike most existing paper diagnostics, which test for only one disease, the new MIT strips are colour-coded so they can be used to distinguish among several diseases. To achieve that, the researchers used triangular nanoparticles, made of silver that can take on different colours depending on their size.

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