Mauricio Terrones and Siyang Zheng are developing a diagnostic device that uses a specially tuned carbon nano-tube filter to capture and enrich viruses. Viral infections are often hard to diagnose because viruses are hard to culture and even harder to isolate. However, with this device, researchers and medical professionals could get definitive results from just a single swab or liquid sample with no culturing needed. Terrones and Zheng have created a start-up company, called ViroLock Technologies, to continue development of the technology and work towards commercialization.

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