Low-Cost Zika Test

Arizona is on the front lines in the fight against the Zika virus. Researchers at Arizona State University (ASU) are among those who have developed a new, low-cost Zika test.

From the ASU.edu website:

Hoping to foil Zika’s rapid advance, researchers from the Wyss Institute in Boston, along with colleagues from Arizona State University, have developed a low-cost ($1 per test), practical diagnostic that can be easily administered, even in areas where resources and medical expertise are scarce.

Alexander Green, an ASU professor at the Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics and the School of Molecular Sciences, is a co-author of the new study.

“My lab is focused on developing molecular tools to detect diseases,” he said. “… We can take our tools, put them on pieces of paper in a very stable and low-cost format, and they can be deployed around the world.”

KTVK-TV in Phoenix put together a news story on ASU’s role in this scientific breakthrough. Click here or on the picture below to watch the story.

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According to Yahoo.com, this new test could be a gamechanger  – “This test, with which results can be determined in just two to three hours and “is much faster and cheaper than the P.C.R. tests used now,” could be a huge step forward in fighting the disease.

We have written a number of blogs focused on the Zika virus over the past several months….particularly as it relates to Arizona. The mosquito that is capable of carrying the Zika does live in our state, but there has still been only one confirmed case of Zika in Arizona and that individual was infected while traveling internationally. We will continue to monitor this situation and let you know about any updates.

Now, we’d like you to let us know what you think about this new $1 test developed by researchers right here in Arizona. We believe this is the kind of innovative thinking that will help us not only battle the Zika virus, but help us one day reach our goal of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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