Device Diagnoses Illness Before Symptoms Appear
A device looks into the future and improves clinical accuracy.
Duke University's Institute for Genome Science & Policy is developing a device that can detect viral infections long before the symptoms appear in the body. The project started as a research initiative commissioned by the Pentagon for boosting war performances but the scientists working on it believed that a gadget with this technology can have applications beyond military circles.
Dr. Geoffrey Ginsburg, director of Duke’s Institute for Genome Science & Policy, is collaborating with a team of colleagues to create a gadget that can detect viral infection hours before the sniffles. His team has made rapid strides in identifying 30 genetic markers, found through blood samples, that are activated by a virus.