A team of engineers and scientists working out of Purdue University in Indiana have developed a compact and accurate virus detector that makes it easier than ever to detect the presence of viruses caused by mosquitoes.
What's great about this particular virus detector is the fact that it can detect viruses like dengue or zika in less than an hour, which is a crucial feature given that time is of the essence when it comes to treating serious mosquito-borne viruses. The device does this by using an electrode whose surface resistance changes when it detects certain kinds of viruses.
The gadget essentially analyzes the specific degree of change in resistance in order to pinpoint the virus, making it a fast and easy-to-deploy humanitarian solution in parts of the world where mosquito-borne viruses are rampant and clinical facilities are scarce.
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