Egyptians Design "Faster, Cheaper" Hepatitis C Test
March 16, 2012
Researchers from the American University in Cairo announced Wednesday they have developed a new test for hepatitis C virus (HCV), which affects roughly 10 million Egyptians.
The diagnostic test is liquid-based and uses gold nanoparticles, university officials said. It reduces "the two-step testing process carried out over a number of days to a one-step process that takes less than an hour ... at a fraction of the cost of traditional diagnostic protocols."
"Our test is sensitive and inexpensive, and it does not need sophisticated equipment," said Hassan Azzazy, a professor of chemistry who led the research team.View Full Article
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