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October 1st, 2009

UMSL researchers' new procedure turns out as good as gold

Abstract:
Scientists at the University of Missouri-St. Louis say they've found a new way to diagnose diseases — and it's golden.

Currently, blood tests can look for markers that identify the presence of cancers, usually an abnormal level of protein. It can take up to one nerve-wracking week for a patient to get their results back from the lab.

But at UMSL's Center for Nanoscience, researchers have figured out how to speed up that process.

By putting a fluid sample on a restructured form of gold, the proteins in question react by changing colors and are easy to spot. The process eliminates a few steps from the more common diagnostic test called ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay).

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