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Rice University creates nano-solution to malaria

By Deborah Goldstein, Trade Show Specialist
On Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Malaria is a disease that has become infamous for devastating populations in many third world countries; but Rice University has a pioneering solution for the ever-present problem. They have developed a noninvasive test using nanoscale bubbles and laser technology. The new method makes it possible for nonmedical personnel in third world environments to provide early treatment for malaria in the areas where it is most likely to spread out of control.

The bubbles allow for measurement of the protein hemozoin at a cost of about 50 cents per test, putting it well within the funding reach of world aid organizations. Initial testing has produced zero false positives. Developing new solutions to difficult problems is an important need in today's difficult life.

Rice University researchers have developed a noninvasive technology that accurately detects low levels of malaria infection through the skin in seconds with a laser scanner. The “vapor nanobubble” technology requires no dyes or diagnostic chemicals, and there is no need to draw blood.

A preclinical study published this week in...

Read the original Rice University article, "Vapor nanobubbles rapidly detect malaria through skin" in Medical Design Online.

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