US NRI develops biosensor to keep tabs on Alzheimer’s

INVGeNakausheetNRI scientist Ajeet Kaushik from the University of Florida, headed up a team of researchers who have developed a portable biosensor that can display the progress of Alzheimer’s disease in a patient.

A test on the inexpensive, simple, biosensor can measure the level of the protein betamyloid, the increased level of which leads to degeneration of brain cells and causes the disease.

A test on the biosensor can reveal accurate information on the progress of the disease and monitor what is occurring to a patient over time. It also shows if and when the disease reaches an untreatable level.

The researchers pointed out that the affordable test can be used in developed countries and rural settings.

Kaushik’s study is published in the journal Biosensors and Bioelectronics.