Device for Rapid Detection of Bacterial and Viral RNA in Biological Fluids

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Researchers at Purdue University have developed a new method to detect enveloped bacteria and viruses. High-accuracy virus/bacteria-detection methods such as PCR require DNA amplification and are time-consuming. On the other hand, the Purdue technology rapidly detects small amounts of the RNA released when the viral/bacterial envelope is compromised under high-temperature conditions. This technology uses single-stranded DNA primers specific to a virus/bacterial strain, coated between layers of graphene and a flexible polymeric substrate. This device can be used as a platform of point-of-care testing for enveloped bacteria and viruses.


Point-of-care testing

Potential Applications

Platform of point-of-care testing for enveloped viruses and bacteria

Contact Information

Name: Patrick W Finnerty


Phone: 765-269-4080