A Paper-Based Test Can Diagnose the Zika Virus in a Few Hours

By: Mishal Omar - May 12, 2016
References: news.mit.edu & treehugger
MIT researchers and experts at Harvard have developed a virus-diagnosing device that has the capacity to distinguish the Zika virus from the similar virus dengue.

Based on a paper test that the same team developed for diagnosing the Ebola virus, the device contains sensors that can detect "24 different RNA sequences found in the Zika viral genome." The test is especially important considering the outbreak of the Zika virus that began in Brazil a year ago and the link between the Zika virus and the birth defect microcephaly.

This virus-diagnosing device is affordable and can be stored at room temperature, making it more accessible to populations that have been affected by it.