First rapid test for mpox developed, tech adaptable for other emerging diseases

April 18, 2023

By Adrienne Berard

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on Penn State News. It features Dipanjan Pan, Penn State’s Dorothy Foehr Huck & J. Lloyd Huck Chair Professor in Nanomedicine and professor of biomedical engineering and of nuclear engineering.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The first rapid test for mpox, more commonly known as monkeypox, has been developed by a team of researchers led by Penn State. The selective molecular sensor can detect the virus within minutes, without the use of any high-end instrumental techniques like polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Current tests require health care providers to swab lesions and send the samples to labs to be tested, which can take several days.


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