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Microfluidic CD-Based Systems Toward Rapid Anthrax Detection in Whole Blood

[+] Author Affiliations
Jonathan Siegrist, Mary Amasia, Horacio Kido, Jim Zoval, Marc Madou

University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA

Paper No. BioMed2008-38094, pp. 49-50; 2 pages
doi:10.1115/BioMed2008-38094
From:
  • ASME 2008 3rd Frontiers in Biomedical Devices Conference
  • ASME 2008 3rd Frontiers in Biomedical Devices Conference
  • Irvine, California, USA, June 18–20, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4833-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3823-4
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME

abstract

Anthrax is an acute and deadly disease caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis. Upon exposure, usually through inhalation, ingestion, or cutaneous contact, B. anthracis spores begin multiplying, creating a life-threatening situation. If not quickly detected and treated, humans can die within several days. With renewed bio-terrorism concerns, there is a need for a rapid and automated system capable of sample (respiratory or blood) to answer (positive infection) so that quarantine procedures and treatment can be administered immediately. Microfluidic platforms hold great promise of fulfilling these requirements.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME
Topics: Microfluidics , Blood

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