Sunday, 23 October 2016

Rapid method for detecting foodborne pathogens

Researchers have developed a hybrid nanosensor incorporating magnetic resonance and fluorescence. Lab testing of milk showed the detector could sense varying concentrations of a pathogenic strain of E. coli known as O157:H7 in less than an hour. They also used their sensor to analyze E. coli levels in untreated lake water, which serves as a source of household water in some developing areas. Additionally, the device could be customized to detect a wide range of pathogens beyond E. coli.

For further details see:

Tuhina Banerjee, Shoukath Sulthana, Tyler Shelby, Blaze Heckert, Jessica Jewell, Kalee Woody, Vida Karimnia, James McAfee, Santimukul Santra. Multiparametric Magneto-fluorescent Nanosensors for the Ultrasensitive Detection ofEscherichia coliO157:H7. ACS Infectious Diseases, 2016; DOI: 10.1021/acsinfecdis.6b00108

Posted by Dr. Tim Sandle