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Image: This close-up of the glow-in-the-dark paper strip contains two copies of the test. The three glowing dots per test indicate that you can check on three different antibodies within one test (Photo courtesy of Bart van Overbeeke).

Rapid Test Uses Glow-in-the-Dark Paper

A practicable and reliable way to test for infectious diseases has been found and all that is needed are a special glowing paper strip, a drop of blood and a digital camera. More...
16 Oct 2018
Image: The Autoscope uses deep-learning software to quantify the malaria parasites in a sample (Photo courtesy of Intellectual Ventures).

Automated Microscopy Compared for Routine Malaria Diagnosis

Microscopic examination of Giemsa-stained blood films remains a major form of diagnosis in malaria case management. However, as with other visualization-based diagnoses, accuracy depends on individual technician performance, making standardization difficult and reliability poor. More...
10 Oct 2018
Image: The NADAL Malaria 4 species test (RDT) (Photo courtesy of Nal von Minden).

Diagnostic Methods Compared for Detection of Malaria

The main strategy for malaria control is quick and accurate diagnosis followed by effective treatment. The early and accurate diagnosis of malaria is essential for both effective disease management and malaria surveillance. More...
04 Oct 2018
Image: The NEBNext ultra directional RNA library prep kit (Photo courtesy of New England Biolabs).

Nanopore Sequencing Enables Outbreak Field Surveillance

Outbreaks of fever of unknown origin start with nonspecific symptoms and case definition is only slowly developed and adapted, therefore, identifying the causative agent is crucial to ensure suitable treatment and control measures. More...
03 Oct 2018
Image: A lunchbox-sized device for nucleic acid quantification that can be powered by sunlight, a flame or electricity enables the diagnosis of disease in settings with unreliable power supply (Photo courtesy of Cornell University).

Cancer Detection Device Proves Effective in Field Testing

A decentralized approach to diagnostics can decrease the time to treatment of infectious diseases in resource-limited settings, yet most modern diagnostic tools require stable electricity and are not portable. More...
01 Oct 2018
Image: The SpinDx system (Photo courtesy of Sandia National Laboratories).

Integrated LAMP and Immunoassay Platform Detect Diarrheal Disease

The challenges of diagnosing infectious disease, especially in the developing world, and the shortcomings of available instrumentation have exposed the need for portable, easy-to-use diagnostic tools capable of detecting the wide range of causative microbes while operating in low resource settings. More...
26 Sep 2018
Image: The matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization–time of flight mass spectrometer (Photo courtesy of Bruker Daltonics).

MALDI-TOF MS Used to Identify Pythiosis

Pythiosis is a life-threatening infectious disease caused by the oomycete Pythium insidiosum. The disease has been increasingly reported worldwide and most patients with pythiosis undergo surgical removal of an infected organ. More...
25 Sep 2018


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