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.