A team of scientists at the University of Texas at Dallas developed a wearable sensor that can monitor the human body’s immune response to COVID-19 and other infections via the detection of molecules in human sweat. Published in Bioengineering & Translational Medicine, apparently, the detection apparatus can measure a response with extreme accuracy, while also identifying who was ill with COVID-19. Imagine the potential. During most health crises, including this pandemic, physicians typically need to access biological samples such as urine, blood, or tissue to offer insight into the health of a patient. What if all that was needed was a sample of sweat?
What’s next for this life science technology breakthrough out of the University of Texas at Dallas? The research team is gearing up for clinical trials and hoping to commence a study in the upcoming year. The authors suggest that for this class of medical device, and if all goes according to plan, they could be in the market within three years.
How does the device work?
The device includes a sensor that’s designed to detect cytokines, a type of molecule produced by immune cells. The human body makes cytokines to help a...
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