AUG 19, 2015 7:32 PM PDT

Simple, paper-based test for Ebola

WRITTEN BY: Kerry Evans
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a paper-based test for Ebola, dengue, and yellow fever.  The technology is similar to a home pregnancy test and uses colored nano-particles to distinguish each virus.  Researchers demonstrated that the test could identify viral proteins from blood samples.  They plan to distribute the components to resource-poor regions where the tests can be assembled and used on-site.

The team, led by Kimberly Hamad-Schifferli, Ph.D., will present their work at the 250th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

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Bachelor's (BA/BS/Other)
Kerry received a doctorate in microbiology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
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