SHIKIMATE ENZYMES AS NOVEL TUBERCULOSIS DRUG TARGETS
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9610 MEDICAL CENTER DR, STE 200, ROCKVILLE, MD, 20850
AbstractNot Available The development of equipment that requires extensive fluid manipulation, such as analytical diagnostic tools, has generally lagged behind those of a purely electromechanical nature, even though obvious demand exists in areas as diverse as medicine, environmental monitoring, food safety, and counter-terrorism. We propose a self-contained, miniaturized bioassay system that is capable of simultaneously detecting and quantifying the presence of 6 to 10 analytes in a single sample of less than 500 microliters volume. Such a diagnostic device has clear applicability to many industrial, medical and military sectors. This handheld, multi-analyte, wet-chemistry diagnostic system will measure diverse water-borne analytes at concentrations ranging to below one part per billion. The system will be constructed by the integration of state-of-the-art digital and analog circuitry with novel miniaturized fluid handling technologies, optics, and highly specific antibody-based assay techniques. All analyte-specific assay components will be incorporated in a disposable molded plastic coupon, allowing the system to detect and quantify a wide range of chemicals, proteins, viruses, bacteria and biological fragments by simply changing coupons. The proposed system allows coupon re-use until a strong positive showing occurs, greatly reducing costs in applications such as counter-terrorism where most measurements will produce negative responses. BENEFITS: Environmental, medical and public safe
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