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Shashwath commented on Using Quantum Dots for Rapid Detection of Ebola Infections

The fabrication of the QD is fairly inexpensive. However, I am not sure how much the bio-conjugation process would cost. The testing time would be significantly shorter then both rPCR and ELISA. There is a QD labeling method for HIV which takes 10 mins and requires only 10 uL of blood for testing.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2746625/

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Shashwath commented on Using Quantum Dots for Rapid Detection of Ebola Infections

Yes, the QD's would be bio-conjugated with an antibody. KZ52, Fab(CL) , and Fab(UNCL) can be used to bind the QD's to the unique proteolytic forms of the envelope's glycoproteins.

(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3684266/)

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Shashwath commented on Using Quantum Dots for Rapid Detection of Ebola Infections

Your question is perfectly legitimate . Even if the UV light kills the viral particles, the test only looks for the proteins that are released by the virus when its inside of a host cell. So even if the virus dies, the proteins which they left behind can be tagged with the QD's.