(Arizona State University: Phoenix) -- Arizona State University (ASU) researchers have demonstrated a way to dramatically simplify testing patients for infectious diseases and unhealthy protein levels.
New testing instrumentation developed by Antonio Garcia and John Schneider promises to make the procedure less costly and produce results in less time.
Current testing is slow and expensive because of the complications of working with blood, saliva, urine, and other biological fluids, says Garcia, a professor in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, one of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.
Such samples “are complex mixtures that require sophisticated instruments capable of mixing a sample with antibodies or other biological reactants to produce an accurate positive or negative reaction,” Garcia says.
He and Schneider, a bioengineering graduate student researcher, have come up with a testing method that enables the patient sample itself to act in concert with a rudimentary, low-cost testing device.
The method uses common light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and simple microeletronic amplifiers rather than more technologically intensive and costly lasers and robotics.
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