Rapid Ebola Detection

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 7, 2017) – Could a research breakthrough with the potential to revolutionize Ebola virus detection be described in a one minute video?

The University at Albany’s digital media team was up to the challenge.

In UAlbany’s first “social media video,” a short slideshow describes assistant chemistry professor Mehmet Yigit’s technique to visually-detect Ebola virus biomarkers. The technique uses gold nanoparticles to turn human urine samples red if infected, purple if not infected.

Yigit’s technique is cost-effective and would allow more people to be diagnosed and treated in a shorter time period. It also has a broad application spectrum. The lab is considering Zika virus detection next.

Here’s our full story on this research: Biochemist’s Technique Rapidly Detects Ebola Virus

The University’s digital media team will be creating more one minute “social media videos” to share on Facebook, Twitter and through “Today at UAlbany”. Have an idea? Share it with us: mediarelations@albany.edu

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