A Viral Vision

Meet the new miniature biosensor that aims to enhance HIV diagnostics in the field

March 2017

Over 35 million people have died of HIV since the epidemic’s peak in the 1980s (1). Today, the disease still affects tens of millions of patients per year, with sub-Saharan Africa – where one in 25 adults lives with the virus – being the hardest hit. As the battle against HIV rages on, new vaccines and treatments are being proposed (2) – but the field of diagnostics has an important role to play. Investigators from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) have developed a tiny but sensitive chip-based biosensor to detect HIV-1 (3).

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