Message Number: YG7009 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2001-09-05 17:35:00 UTC
Subject: Accoustic virus detector

There is an article in the Sept. 1 (Volume 160) issue of Science News
which should be of interest to members who have a concern about how
long it can take to diagnose some viruses. Using quartz crystals,
specific viral antibody coatings, and vibration a team led by Matthew
A. Cooper of Cambridge University has passed the first tests for
detecting a common virus, with the volume indicating how much of it
is present, and the chosen antibodies indicating what virus is
present. Obviously, this is a decent while off, but it might be a
future diagnostic aid. In the past they have waited a little while
before posting articles that have just appeared in print on their
website at http://www.scinews@s... For some reason I could
not bring up that website so could not check. This issue is the one
with the main article being about the promising work on using the
tongue to replace eyes or vestibular sense for those who have lost
vision or sense of balance, and the cover speaks of Pi.