Students Developing Zika Testing Kit

Students at the University of Texas are working on a project that could track the Zika virus.

These students say they are making a do-it-yourself kit that will potentially diagnose the different viruses carried by a mosquito.

The current prototype is a 3D printed box that uses heat and LED lights. It tests the mosquito's DNA once the insect is inside the box.

The students want to write a smartphone app that would then interpret the results of the test. That information would then be sent to agencies monitoring infectious diseases.

Instructional Links

Website Article: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Zika Virus

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