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Bio-Detector Scans For 3,000 Viruses and Bacteria 103

Posted by timothy
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separsons writes "Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory recently unveiled a three-inch-long bio-detector than can scan for 3,000 different types of viruses and bacteria in just 24 hours. The device, dubbed the Lawrence Livermore Microbial Detection Array (LLMDA), boasts significant advantages over traditional bio-detectors, which can only identify a maximum of 50 pathogens. The three-inch-long glass slide is packed with 388,000 probes that can detect more than 2,000 viruses and 900 bacteria. The device may have huge implications in identifying agents released during biological and chemical attacks. Plus, in more everyday uses, LLMDA can ensure food, drug and vaccine safety and help diagnose medical problems. Scientists' next version of LLMDA is even more impressive: A new bio-detector will be lined with 2.1 million probes that can scan for 5,700 viruses and thousands of bacteria as well as fungi and protozoa."
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  • Re:Huge implications (Score:3, Informative)

    by Rogerborg (306625) on Sunday May 09, 2010 @02:59PM (#32148646) Homepage

    The device may have huge implications in identifying Agents who release biological and chemical attacks

    Fixed that for them. AFAICT, the only biological attacks in the USA have been made by Federal employees.

  • Re:Huge implications (Score:3, Informative)

    by GooberToo (74388) on Sunday May 09, 2010 @04:42PM (#32149172)

    Fixed that for them. AFAICT, the only biological attacks in the USA have been made by Federal employees.

    Then what you know is wrong. Another who has worked in the same lab and is no longer restricted by his contract has come forward and stated is would be impossible for the Anthrax to have been made there. Furthermore, the DNA of the Anthrax was proved to not have come from that facility; though likely to be very closely related. According to the co-worker, it would have taken him years and the majority of the lab to have manufactured that much Anthrax in that tiny lab. As such, it is literally impossible for him to have created it.

    As a result of the wrongful accusations, he committed suicide and ignorance is working hard to continue those wrongful accusations. Literally, the only thing those accusations indicate is that the FBI is a bunch of incompetence looking to get the heat off of themselves. And the only thing worse then their incompetence is those who would ignorantly repeat those accusations.

    If you're not talking about the Anthrax cases, then I have no idea what you're talking about. If this is the case, accordingly, please educated me while I'm shutt'n the F up. Otherwise, stop repeating completely false accusations.

  • Re:Huge implications (Score:3, Informative)

    by PNutts (199112) on Sunday May 09, 2010 @04:57PM (#32149264)

    AFAICT, the only biological attacks in the USA have been made by Federal employees.

    Google is a good substitute if you can't actually go outside: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_go1613/is_2_16/ai_n29353152/ [findarticles.com] Unfortunately, when looking at an overrated post there is no good substitute for no mod points.

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