Not particularly on topic, but interesting article nonetheless:

November 16, 2006 (CBC News) – Researchers have found a quick and cheap way to test for viruses using nanotechnology, according to a report in a journal published Thursday.

The 60-second test cuts “days to weeks” off the wait for lab results from a doctor’s office, said lead author Ralph Tripp, a vaccine development expert at the University of Georgia.

“You could actually apply it to a person walking off a plane and know if they’re infected,” he said in a release.

The diagnostic test could identify viruses as diverse as influenza, HIV and respiratory syncytial virus, a common cause of bronchitis in infants and colds in adults.

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