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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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