Low-cost and rapid molecular diagnostic tools are necessary for the effective treatment and management of the Zika virus. The Pan-American Zika Diagnostic Team is a consortium of researchers funded by a CIHR-IDRC team grant working to develop and deploy a new diagnostic test system for Zika virus as well as other mosquito-borne disease.
This system is based on low-cost molecular toehold switches, previously developed at the Wyss Institute, Arizona State University and the University of Toronto. Our team seeks to test these sensors on mosquito and human samples and to incorporate them with microfluidic systems to create a portable and automated diagnostic tool for the field.
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