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Web Date: October 18, 2011

With A Twist, Chip Measures Viral Loads

Medical Diagnostics: New device measures a wide range of concentrations of viral RNA in blood
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Biological SCENE
Keywords: SlipChip, HIV, viral RNA, real time PCR, viral load, medical

An inexpensive microfluidic device that measures viral RNA levels in blood could help doctors in developing or remote regions treat patients infected with HIV or other viruses (J. Am. Chem. Soc., DOI: 10.1021/ja2060116).

Doctors assess the severity of a viral infection or the effectiveness of treatment by estimating the amount of virus in the body, says Feng Shen of SlipChip, the company that is developing the new device. However, the gold standard for . . .

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