Using Quantum Dots for Rapid Detection of Ebola Infections
Quantum dots (QD) are nanoparticles that have florescent properties. The QD's are covered in a polymer shell with protein embedded proteins which will target specific glycoproteins. Protien-Conjugated QD's can be used for rapid Ebola detection.
Quantum dots (QD) are small semiconductors that have florescent properties. Several bio-imaging applications for QD currently exist, for instance, QD's have been used to detect the progression of the Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). QD synthesis and protien-conjugation is inexpensive and simple.QD's would be covered in a polymer shell with embedded protiens which will target and bind to the glycoproteins that are secreted by cells infected with the virus. Testing would be short and involve the collection a small blood sample that would be exposed it to the QD solution. If the sample retains QD's, it will glow when exposed to UV/IR light, and indicate the presence of an Ebola infection. With enough support and resources, we can deploy testing kits at a fairly low cost and provide a more reliable test (as opposed to testing for a fever).
Example of Quantum Dot Imaging (http://www.nature.com/srep/2013/130318/srep01473/full/srep01473.html)