Quick test finds signs of diarrheal disease

Friday, February 7, 2014

Bioengineers at Rice University and the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston have developed a simple, highly sensitive and efficient test for the diarrheal disease cryptosporidiosis that could have great impact on global health.

Results from the diagnostic developed by the lab of Rice bioengineer Rebecca Richards-Kortum are read from a paper strip that resembles a pregnancy test. Lines on the strip tell whether samples taken from the stool of a patient contain genetic DNA from the parasite that causes the disease.

The research is detailed online in a new paper in the American Chemical Society journal Analytical Chemistry.

Source: Science Codex (link opens in a new window)

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