Researchers at Brown University has created a reliable and fast flu/HIV-detection test that can be carried in a first-aid kit. Let's go back 3 years ago when a virus mutated from pigs to human, then passed from human to human: the H1N1 "swine-flu" circulated worldwide.18000 people died. Influenza could be very dangerous. One way to contain the next outbreak is by administering tests at the infection’s source, pinpointing and tracking the pathogen’s spread in real time. But such efforts have been stymied by devices that are costly, unwieldy and unreliable.
“We wanted to make something simple,” said Anubhav Tripathi, associate professor of engineering at Brown and the corresponding author on the paper, published in the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics. “It’s a low-cost device for active, on-site detection, whether it’s influenza, HIV, or TB (tuberculosis).”