Assessment of efficacy of palm polymerase chain reaction with microscopy, rapid diagnostic test and conventional polymerase chain reaction for diagnosis of malaria
Conclusion: Palm PCR is sensitive, rapid and works on battery with simple laboratory facility requirements. Portable electrophoresis and transilluminator combined with Palm PCR could be implemented as an important diagnostic tool in resource-limited and rural areas. Similar studies with wider parameters in rural areas will help us evaluate and maybe establish Palm PCR as PCR platform of choice for such specific set-ups.
Authors: Alba Soto C PMID: 31787139 [PubMed - in process]
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[Malaria Consortium] Malaria Consortium welcomes the latest World Malaria Report, which is published by the World Health Organization today.
(The Academy of Medicine, Engineering&Science of Texas) Changing the future of Alzheimer's Disease. Utilizing crystals to produce drugs for kidney stones and malaria. Understanding previously unobserved functions of our universe. And pioneering the evolution of wound care. These are the discoveries by Texas' rising stars in research being honored with the 2020 Edith and Peter O'Donnell Awards by TAMEST.
(The Academy of Medicine, Engineering&Science of Texas) Jeffrey Rimer, Ph.D., Abraham E. Dukler Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Houston, is the recipient of the TAMEST 2020 Edith and Peter O'Donnell Award in Engineering for his seminal breakthroughs using crystals to help treat malaria and kidney stones.
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Nature, Published online: 04 December 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-03746-3The trend is driven by progress tackling the disease in southeast Asia, but elsewhere infections remain 'unacceptably high'.