Diagnosing a particular strain of flu is normally a complicated
business, requiring high-tech equipment and days of work. In a paper to
be released today in the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, researchers at Brown University describe a new biochip that promises to make that process much easier and faster.
The researchers hope to eventually design a chip that could be used
by public health officials to quickly track new outbreaks, and by
health-care workers in the developing world to cheaply detect
drug-resistant strains of HIV and tuberculosis.