72 cent test screens for disease in less than an hour


A new easy-to-use device can quickly and accurately screen for a variety of diseases, including Zika, Ebola, hepatitis, dengue, and malaria.

The portable device, called enVision (enzyme-assisted nanocomplexes for visual identification of nucleic acids), can also screen for various types of cancers and genetic diseases. EnVision takes between 30 minutes to one hour to detect the presence of diseases, which is two to four times faster than existing infection diagnostics methods. The device also costs less than 75¢—100 times less than tests currently in use.

“The enVision platform is extremely sensitive, accurate, fast, and low-cost. It works at room temperature and does not require heaters or special pumps, making it very portable,” says team leader Shao Huilin, assistant professor from the Biomedical Institute for Global Health Research and Technology (BIGHEART) and biomedical engineering department at National University of Singapore.

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Scientists sober up drunken mice with nanocapsules

Nanocapsules reduced the blood alcohol levels in the drunken mice.

Intoxicated mice were injected with a nanocapsule containing enzymes that are instrumental in alcohol metabolism.  The nanocapsules reduced the blood alcohol levels in the mice. The treatment demonstrates a novel drug delivery technology that could have broad medical applications.



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