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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