Detection of kidney disease and prostate cancer is now made easier with a new device that tests urine samples.
Brighan Young University chemist Adam Woolley and his students made a new device that can detect markers of kidney disease and prostate cancer in an instant. The new device is a tiny tube lined with DNA sequences that latch onto disease markers in urine. All you have to do is drop a urine sample into the tube and see how far it goes. Healthy samples flow freelance; a diseased sample gets clogged and stops short of the mark.
“In a disease state, this particular marker is equal to about one billionth of a percent of the content of urine.” Woolley said. “We can detect close to those levels. If we can get below that, it would give us better sensitivity for somebody at an early stage of the disease.”
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