Sensor may help detect Ebola virus early

Scientists have developed a device to work on minute traces of chemicals

Dr Damien Thompson of the University of Limerick. Photograph: Alan Place

Dr Damien Thompson of the University of Limerick. Photograph: Alan Place

Scientists in Ireland, Zurich and Madrid have developed a new kind of medical sensor that can detect minute traces of a substance down to the level of a molecule. They believe it may provide fast and accurate point-of-care detection for diseases such as Ebola, HIV or even the common cold.

The team has already proven the device will work when tested with fullerene molecules, explains Dr Damien Thompson, a lecturer in the department of physics and energy at the University of Limerick and a group leader in the university’s Materials and Surface Science Institute.

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