(ScienceNewsJournal) A University of Toronto assistant Professor of Pharmacy who goes by the name of Keith Pardee, along with his team, developed an affordable, simplistic way to detect the Zika virus much quicker than ever before. With the help of an international team of scientists, this platform created of paper does not require a single power cell and can hold synthetic gene networks in and outside of a lab setting.
Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus that was first observed in 1947 in Uganda’s rhesus monkeys via monitoring network of sylvatic yellow fever. First human cases involving Zika were detected in 1952 in Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania. Majority of people that get infected with Zika virus won’t even notice they have the disease because they won’t have symptoms, but typical symptoms of Zika are fever, joint pain, rash, conjunctivitis, muscle pain and headache.