A gene chip spots nasty strains of bird flu in hours instead of days
By Joshua TompkinsPosted 02.04.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Today, diagnosing bird flu entails a four-day wait for laboratory results. That's an eternity for a germ that could spread across an entire country in that time if it were to become contagious between humans, says University of Colorado chemist Kathy Rowlen. That's why she and her colleagues have designed the "flu chip," a genetic detector the size of a microscope slide that identifies multiple flu strains in less than 11 hours.