Accession Number:

ADA409664

Title:

Microbioengineering: Microbe Capture and Detection

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

UTAH STATE UNIV LOGAN DEPT OF ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Report Date:

2001-10-25

Pagination or Media Count:

2.0

Abstract:

Recent deaths from outbreaks of microbial contamination particularly in foods but also in water and air the recent threats of biological warfareterrorism and the re-emergence of such diseases as tuberculosis have emphasized the importance of quick and accurate assessments of microbial contamination. In addition microbial contamination of sterile surfaces such as those of medical and surgical instruments and devices cause considerable danger. Using a unique combination of leading edge technologies microbe capture chips and a hand-held prototype detector have been developed which are capable of statistically sampling the environmental for pathogens INCLUDING SPORES and exotoxins identifying the specific pathogensexotoxins and determining cell viability. This system is sensitive enough to detect very low levels APPROX. 20 CELLSSQ CM of infectious bacteria in minutes.

Subject Categories:

  • Microbiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE