The light-producing enzyme in the firefly is the key to rapid pathogen detection // Source: cri.cn
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Homeland Security News Wire - March 22, 2012
A new device, employing the same chemical which lights up fireflies, can easily detect food contamination; the researchers who developed the system hope it will soon be used to test for other diseases, including HIV-AIDS.
Food contamination can now be detected easily by a new device based on the chemical which lights up fireflies.
The Bioluminescent Assay in Real-Time (BART), jointly invented by Professor Jim Murray of the Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences and Dr. Laurence Tisi of Lumora, allows users to test rapidly and simply for food poisoning bacteria. Professor Murray and his partners at technology company Lumora Ltd. hope to develop the system to test for other diseases, including HIV-AIDS.