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Food Safety and Bioterrorism Defense May Benefit from Improved Detection Test Developed at MU

April 24, 2013

A group of researchers at the University of Missouri have developed a faster and more accurate technique that uses nanotechnology to test for food contamination.  This detection method could even increase warning time in case of a bioterrorism attack. Currently engineers and biologists at MU are researching how to adapt the technique to detect other dangerous toxins. This interdisciplinary project touches upon many Mizzou Advantage initiative areas.

Story by:  MU News Bureau

Sales of chicken products in China plummeted recently during an outbreak of a deadly new strain of bird flu.  From bird flu to mad cow disease, numerous food scares have made global headlines in recent years.  A technique developed by University of Missouri Professor of Engineering Shubbra Gangopadhyay’s group may make food contamination testing more rapid and accurate.  The detection test could accelerate warnings after bioterrorism attacks.  See more…