Scientists in the United Kingdom and China are teaming up to develop a quick and cheap way to test for three forms of viral hepatitis, using sensors made of graphene, a highly conductive and incredibly strong two-dimensional material made of carbon.
Hepatitis is a major global public health challenge – around 400 million people carry the disease, which caused 1.34 million deaths in 2015, according to the World Health Organization. Hepatitis B is present in China, where 90 million people are infected.
With the help of partners in the UK and researchers at the University of Chongqing in Southwest China, UK-based diagnostics device company BIOVICI will lead a two-year project to develop a graphene sensor that will detect hepatitis A, B, and C antibodies in saliva.
Paul Morgan, chief executive at BIOVICI, said the test will bring “major benefits” to the global fight against the spread of the infectious disease.
The full story is available below.