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Nanotech Researcher Develops Palm-Size Lab on a Chip for Advanced Bird Flu Detection

A smart avian flu detector has been developed in Singapore by a team of researchers led by Juergen Piper, research scientist at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. The detector is 10x faster than current testing means, and can determine in thirty minutes if a person has contracted bird flu, as well as the severity of the symptoms. The device can test both humans via a throat culture, and it can also test bird droppings for avian flu. The earlier bird flu can be detected, the better chance there is to both isolate the infection and prevent large outbreaks.

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