Sensor for detecting Viruses
The swift and accurate diagnosis of COVID-19 and other viruses is crucial in preventing their spread. Current detection methods like PCR and antibody testing have limitations, including long run times, sample preparation, and high false negative rates. Moreover, with the rapid mutation and proliferation of viruses, there is a need for adaptable diagnostic assays to detect new variants. A solution that offers quick, selective, and error-free virus detection is vital, especially for viruses like SARS-CoV-2.
The technology addresses the need for rapid and accurate virus detection through Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) using a peptide-modified nanostructured metal. This technology enables the detection of a target virus by utilizing a nanostructured metal with peptides attached to its surface. These peptides have a capture portion to bind with specific portions of the target virus and enhance its Raman signal, making it easily detectable.
The disclosed compositions, devices, methods, and systems offer a cutting-edge solution for rapid and reliable virus detection, addressing the critical need for effective diagnostic tools in combating COVID-19 and other viral outbreaks. The technology's adaptability, sensitivity, and ease of use make it a promising choice for various commercial applications and biomedical research.