11/2/2007

The University of Michigan is developing a device that can test for various flu strains by converting the virus' RNA into DNA and using enzymes to cut the DNA. Scientists can determine which virus is present by examining the cut strands. Another group of scientists is developing a Flu Chip, which contains a glass slide covered with DNA that match different parts of a virus' genetic material. Scientists then dip the slide into genetic fragments from a patient's sample.

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