A Simple Stroke of Genius

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) may be a technical term and on the face of it sound like a subject you might not be familiar with. However, I’m sure everyone’s either watched CSI or a cheesy American-type chat show where several women go on the show to take a paternity test. Well, put simply, PCR is […]

Integrated Microfluidic Platform for Oral Diagnostics (IMPOD): A Lab-On-A-Chip to Analyze Saliva

Saliva-Based Diagnostic Tools on the Horizon. ‘Imagine this scenario at a dental checkup in your future: After settling you in the examination chair and fastening a paper bib around your neck, the dental assistant draws a sample of your saliva with a sterile pipette. Then, while your dentist performs your oral exam and the hygienist […]

Learning the Lead Exposure Hazards

‘Safe’ levels of lead may not be that safe after all. ‘Efforts to reduce lead exposure in the United States have been a good news-bad news affair — and the bad-news side of the ledger just got a bit longer. Although the removal of most lead from gasoline and paint in the United States has […]

Test (Dipstick) for Caffeine

Coffee, black, decaf and a little llama on the side. ‘Three llamas and two camels have provided a way to tell whether your waiter swapped regular coffee for decaf in your after-dinner cup. Using the heat-resistant antibodies these camels and llamas make, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are developing a […]

Breast Cancer Test Kit

Nano World: Breath test for breast cancer. ‘Breath tests for breast cancer might arise via pockets only square nanometers or billionths of a meter in size, experts told UPI’s Nano World. “If this is successful, this could lead to a quick, non-invasive and inexpensive test that could be widely dispersed over the counter to bring […]