There’s a large unmet need for accurate, fast, and inexpensive diagnostics for active tuberculosis (ATB), which claims the lives over a million people per year. A team of researchers from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and several other collaborating institutions have created a fast, ultrasensitive, multiplexed diagnostic TB test, that could be used in low-resource settings.
Rapid Triage Test for Active Pulmonary Tuberculosis
Dr Anne Marie Lennon of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, describes a new way to detect eight common types of cancer (esophagus, stomach, colon, pancreas, liver, breast, lung, and ovarian) using a simple blood test. The technique combines genetic indicators with blood protein markers to identify these cancers earlier than ever before, while avoiding false positives.WATCH NOW
The glow of glowing fish comes from the jellyfish Aequorea victoria. The GFP gene from Aequorea victoria was transferred to a zebrafish, where it is expressed in the muscle cells of the zebrafish. Interestingly creating glowing fish for pets wasn't the original purpose of the experiment. Instead these glowing fish were designed to sense toxins in the environment.WATCH NOW