FDA looking toward nanotechnology test for anthrax detection

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Bettye
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FDA looking toward nanotechnology test for anthrax detection

 Quoting Nanotech Wire:
"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has completed a "proof-of-concept" study of a test that quickly and accurately detects the presence of even the smallest amount of the deadly anthrax toxin.

"The FDA findings could form the basis of a test that allows earlier diagnosis of anthrax infection than currently possible," said Indira Hewlett, Ph.D., the senior author of the study and chief of the Laboratory of Molecular Virology, Office of Blood Research and Review, at the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER). "The earlier those infected with anthrax can be treated, the better.""
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hilltrekker
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I went through the article.

I went through the article. Thanks for posting the information.

heehawmcduff
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Thanks for the post.

Thanks for the post.
I don't know anything about anthrax but the question is, does such an incredibly low detection level have any biological significance.  For instance, are the levels of anthrax LF toxin that this assay can detect, pathogenic at these concentrations.  Also, I wonder how quickly this assay can actually be run.
It is, however, obviously a fantastic step forward it terms of detecting anthrax for early treatment.

hilltrekker
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Of course biological

Of course biological significance will always be there even if the levels are low in terms of chances of getting out as an outbreak or even immuntiy levels. Stastically insignificant levels of highly pathogenic or zoonotic infections are a biological alarm.