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Shrink Wrapping Disease Biomarkers

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IRVINE, Calif., March 21, 2014 — A new technique for better detection of infectious disease biomarkers has scientists looking at ordinary shrink wrap in a whole new way. Developed by a team at the University of California, Irvine, the method uses shrink wrap coated with a combination of metals to boost the signal of fluorescent markers used in biosensing a thousandfold. The technique could enable earlier detection of infectious diseases and more effective treatment. In their study, the researchers deposited thin layers of gold and nickel onto a thermoplastic polymer. When heated, the shrink wrap contracts and...Read full article

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