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Das Taschentuchlabor: "Lab in a Hankie"

Today, lab on chip-devices are considered as the next generation in diagnostics. These systems are intended to reduce complex chemical analyses performed in laboratories to the size of a credit card which could easily be placed in a trouser pocket.

But already research for the next generation of clinical diagnostics is being carried out: A molecular integrated analysis that can be spun into threads and used for the production of shirts or handkerchiefs - offering thus a "lab in a hankie". To achieve this, fourteen partners form science and industry focus on the development of new biosensors that can be used for direct detection of pathogens without complicated preparation steps. By these means, biochemical binding reactions should become visible and feasible for diagnostics.

Due to the long tradition in the development of biosensors, the region Berlin-Brandenburg provides a solid basis for the design of autonomous biosensors. Through the association of fourteen partners from different fields of science and industry, profound knowledge from complex areas like host-pathogen interaction, signal generation with biomolecules and polymer chemistry are combined.

The potential of a third generation of biosensors for early pathogen detection has also been recognised by the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) and is supported by the innovation initiative for the new German Länder.