A microfluidics device for virus detection in drinking water
Virus detection in drinking water poses a technological challenge with important health ramifications since a viral concentration of just 10-100 particles in 2 litres of water is infectious. Traditional methods employ various virus concentration steps followed by molecular or culture-based analysis. Scientists of the EU-funded MoViD project propose an alternative approach based on a novel microfluidic device capable of separating water particles in detection reservoirs according to size. The separated viral particles remain intact and can then be easily analysed using a variety of methods. The MoViD device offers a simplified approach for the prompt identification of water contaminants.
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