Apr. 10, 2015
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Influenza Virus Quickly and Reliably Detected from Nasal or Throat Swabs

Electrochemical Assay to Detect Influenza Viruses

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Influenza waves are threatening people - almost every winter - by its highly contagious character and severe pathogenesis if those with weak or compromised immune system are infected. But when do sniffing and high temperature only point to a bad cold and when is it real influenza? American scientists have developed a simple system for testing for the influenza virus by just taking nasal or throat swabs and measuring the viral presence amperometrically by assessing the glucose level. This assay design is presented in the journal Angewandte Chemie.

Read more within the original publication:
Zhang X. et al.: Electrochemical Assay to Detect Influenza Viruses and Measure Drug Susceptibility. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.(2015). doi: 10.1002/anie.201412164

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