Sniffing out Bio-terrorism

Discussion in 'Biology & Genetics' started by Rick, Nov 24, 2001.

  1. Rick Valued Senior Member

    Richard Langlois,a biologist is developing a device that can detect any 100 different pathogens in an hour,before anyone gets sick.

    the system works by sucking in an air sample,analyzing an air sample,analyzing its components,then putting out a report at fixed is basically a flow cytometer-or cell sorter-that Langlois invented in 1970s.the device shines laser beams on chromosomes within cells to make a quick genetic ID.A spin -off of early research into mapping the human genome,the cell sorter is now a standard tool for diagnosing AIDS.

    using this technology for sniffing bio-terrorism can be real useful.
    "post sept.11 scenario encourages me to work hard"as said to time magazine in an interview by Langlois.

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