Originally posted on Rare:
What started out as an extra-credit assignment turned into a more efficient method of spotting the Ebola virus.
Emory University freshmen Rostam Zafari and Brian Goldstone are the brains behind Rapid Ebola Detection Strips (REDS). While it currently takes upwards of five days to determine whether a patient has Ebola, these portable strips would, in theory, only take an hour to detect the virus. Here’s how they’d work, according to an article published today in USA Today:
REDS detect whether or not an individual has Ebola through a quick process similar to that of blood sugar or urinary tract infection test strips. Testers place a blood sample on the strip, and a color change represents whether the individual has contracted the virus.
Goldstone and Zafari thought up the idea after their biology professor offered extra credit on a quiz for anyone who could develop a more effective way of dealing…
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