Synthetic nanomaterial can recognize viruses

Synthetic nanomaterial can recognize viruses

New method may have advantages over antibody-based technologies

By Puneet Kollipara, 18:24 PM February 20, 2013

A new synthetic nanomaterial can identify a common type of virus and distinguish it from lookalikes. The method holds promise for diagnostics, environmental monitoring and potentially some therapies, an international team of researchers reports February 19 in Nature Communications.

Current methods to identify viruses do so using natural molecules such as antibodies, which can be expensive and unstable. Synthetic nanomaterials could be more stable and cheaper if they can be designed to recog...

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