DNA Nanoball Strategy:
In a remarkable scientific development, the Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) nanoball strategy has emerged as a groundbreaking, cost-effective technology for the rapid detection of pathogens in the field.
- Pathogens are microorganisms that can cause disease in their host.
- They can be viruses, bacteria, protozoans, or fungi.
- The DNA nanoball strategy combines nucleic acids-based diagnostics and loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) technology for rapid pathogen detection.
- LAMP is a process that amplifies circular DNA molecules into long strands that contain multiple copies of DNA.
- These strands then fold into spherical structures called DNA nanoballs, which can be easily observed by a microscope or an electrical device.
- The design does not need laboratory techniques to support diagnosis.
- It is a low-cost technology that can be widely deployed and scalable.