We’re adapting a paper-based biosensor technique developed by a biomedical lab at McMaster University for the early detection of disease and E.coli bacteria in food and water.
The technique uses a process known as rolling circle DNA amplification to create long, repeated copies of a species’ DNA (to make the DNA more concentrated) and then links that a colour response.
The power, high specificity, simplicity and versatility of the technique have made it an attractive tool for the detection of DNA, particularly DNA of low quality and concentration. The same paper can also be used to extract the DNA from tissue or fecal samples, reducing the total number of steps and handling from animal remains to colour signal!
- Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, McMaster University, Functional Nucleic Acids Research Group
- Panthera The only organisation devoted exclusively to the conservation of the world’s 40 wildcat species and their landscapes.
- Centre for Molecular Dynamics, Nepal, a research driven NGO devoted to public health and wildlife conservation genetic research