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Fast flu test

Work by UGA researchers that created a rapid test for influenza in The Engineer, a technology and innovation magazine based in England, quoted Ralph Tripp, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Vaccine Development and Jeremy Driskell, an assistant research scientist at UGA.

“We’ve known for a long time that you can use antibodies to capture viruses and that nanoparticles have different traits based on their size,” said Tripp, who led the team that developed the new technology. “What we’ve done is combine the two to create a diagnostic test that is rapid and highly sensitive.”

Said Driskell: “The test is something that can be done literally at the point of care. You take your sample, put it in the instrument, hit a button and get your results.”