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Title:The Waterfall
Author(s):Ghonge, Tanmay
Abstract:Millions of people die every year of treatable diseases for the want of diagnosis in lesser privileged parts of the world. Traditional techniques to quantify proteins in blood serum, which are biomarkers for many of these treatable diseases, either have huge installation cost and/or require a trained personnel, both of which are absent in resource-limited regions. We have developed an inexpensive technique to quantify proteins in blood serum. First, we transfer the protein from blood serum onto the surface of tiny beads. Then, these beads are then made to flow through an obstacle course of pillars. As the beads trickle down the obstacle course, a sticky molecule present on the pillars captures the protein bearing beads. The image shows captured beads in one such obstacle course. The average distance traveled by the beads is a measure of how much protein was present in the blood serum. Thus, this technique provides a simple and automated way of quantifying protein in blood serum. This image bears an uncanny resemblance to a waterfall not far from my home in India. Thousands of miles away from my home, I am thrilled to have stumbled upon a 'waterfall' in my lab.
Issue Date:2017
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Tanmay Ghonge
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-04-21

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