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March 3, 2016

This tiny bot glows to diagnose tuberculosis

This nanomachine created by Brock University in Canada helps to diagnose diseases with much quicker results.

This nanomachine created by Brock University in Canada helps to diagnose diseases with much quicker results. 

Scientists from Brock University in Canada have engineered nanoparticles to help with diagnosing tuberculosis more quickly and accurately than existing tests.

The nanomachine–as it is called by research Feng Li–is a three-dimensional, microscopic robot that consists of a 20-nanometer particle made of gold that has attached to it short and long strands of DNA. The short strands are used carry fluorescent signal reporters and the long strand contains whatever specific disease that is being tested. The sample will glow if that particular disease is present within it.

According to their paper, “the nanoparticle was able to successfully detect TB in the human serum sample” and that unlike conventional testing methods that require sophisticated equipment and highly trained personnel to get results in about a day, this new method can be used in most clinics and labs with results as little as a half-hour.

For more information on this nanomachine, check out Brock University’s press release and the research paper released on this project.

October 24, 2012

The Lewis Integrative Science Building: A High-Performance Hub For the Sciences

Lewis Integrative Science Building

Building on a proud tradition of interdisciplinary research at the University of Oregon, the Robert and Beverly Lewis Integrative Science Building (LISB) will bring world-class researchers together under one roof from a range of different disciplines. UO biologists, chemists, psychologists, computer scientists and other researchers will be working alongside one another to tackle society’s grand challenges — from cellular processes to improving communities.

When the $65 million facility opens on Oct. 26, 2012, the Lewis Building will be home to strategic research clusters centered around interdisciplinary and integrative research missions that are not defined by departmental boundaries. Part of the UO’s Lorry I. Lokey Science Complex, the 103,000-square-foot facility literally unites the sciences by connecting the adjacent Lokey Laboratories, Huestis Hall, Streisinger Hall and Klamath Hall science buildings.

Read more at Oregon Research.