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Panther Pathogen Sensor

 - Mar 16, 2008   Updated: Apr 6 2011
O boy, a gadget that will let you know that in three minutes you will be dead. It used to take twenty minutes to tell if you had been exposed to anthrax or smallpox. Now the Panther, can detect and ID the deadly pathogens in just enough time for you to listen to one last song on your iPod.

The PANTHER, or the PAthogen Notification for THreatening Environmental Releases, takes just three minutes to detect and identify viruses or bacteria. James Harper of Lincoln Lab's Biosensor and Molecular Technologies Group says that PANTHER is a "significant advance" in the market.

Implications - Global terrorism has inspired researchers and scientists to explore breakthrough ways of identifying a chemical or bacterial threat.