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How reliable is diagnostic testing for Zika?

05-Mar-2018

Globally, Brazil has been the hardest hit by the current Zika outbreak. Almost all cases of Zika-associated malformations in newborns have been reported from this country. DZIF scientists from the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin have shown that molecular diagnostic tests for the Zika virus ...

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Faecal Pollution: DNA Uncovers Culprit

CSI and forensics can be used to uncover not only serial killers but also the cause of water pollution

19-Jan-2018

Despite wastewater management and treatment plants, human waste remains the main source of microbial faecal pollution in the river Danube. This is the most notable finding of a comprehensive analysis of faecal pollution in the Danube. The study used a new molecular genetics method that enables ...

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Spaghetti-like, DNA 'noodle origami' the new shape of things to come for nanotechnology

18-Dec-2017

For the past few decades, scientists have been inspired by the blueprint of life, DNA, as the shape of things to come for nanotechnology. This burgeoning field is called DNA origami. Scientist borrowed its moniker from the paper artists who conjure up birds, flowers and planes from imaginatively ...

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Kit will identify genetic variations without need for lab analysis

19-Sep-2017

Scheme Lab, a biotech startup incubated at the Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Technology (CIETEC), in São Paulo, Brazil, is developing genetic tests that can be used anywhere - in factories, on farms, or even at home - without the need for analysis by specialized laboratories. These ...

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New, carbon-nanotube tool for ultra-sensitive virus detection and identification

11-Oct-2016

A new tool that uses a forest-like array of vertically-aligned carbon nanotubes that can be finely tuned to selectively trap viruses by their size can increase the detection threshold for viruses and speed the process of identifying newly-emerging viruses. "Detecting viruses early in an infection ...

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Nanoparticles simplify DNA identification and quantification

27-Nov-2015

In an article published in Small, researchers successfully applied a new qualitative and quantitative method for the detection of a DNA sequence characteristic of Leishmania infantum kinetoplast, a frequent parasite in veterinary that affects humans too. The work was led from the Catalan ...

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Protecting olive oil from counterfeiters

28-Apr-2014

Who guarantees that expensive olive oil isn't counterfeit or adulterated? An invisible label, developed by ETH researchers, could perform this task. The tag consists of tiny magnetic DNA particles encapsulated in a silica casing and mixed with the oil. Just a few grams of the new substance are ...

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