Opportunities and challenges for the application of microfluidic technologies in point-of-care veterinary diagnostics

Busin, V., Wells, B., Kersaudy-Kerhoas, M., Shu, W. and Burgess, S. T.G. (2016) Opportunities and challenges for the application of microfluidic technologies in point-of-care veterinary diagnostics. Molecular and Cellular Probes, 30(5), pp. 331-341. (doi:10.1016/j.mcp.2016.07.004) (PMID:27430150)

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Abstract

There is a growing need for low-cost, rapid and reliable diagnostic results in veterinary medicine. Point-of-care (POC) tests have tremendous advantages over existing laboratory-based tests, due to their intrinsic low-cost and rapidity. A considerable number of POC tests are presently available, mostly in dipstick or lateral flow formats, allowing cost-effective and decentralised diagnosis of a wide range of infectious diseases and public health related threats. Although, extremely useful, these tests come with some limitations. Recent advances in the field of microfluidics have brought about new and exciting opportunities for human health diagnostics, and there is now great potential for these new technologies to be applied in the field of veterinary diagnostics. This review appraises currently available POC tests in veterinary medicine, taking into consideration their usefulness and limitations, whilst exploring possible applications for new and emerging technologies, in order to widen and improve the range of POC tests available.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Busin, Valentina
Authors: Busin, V., Wells, B., Kersaudy-Kerhoas, M., Shu, W., and Burgess, S. T.G.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Molecular and Cellular Probes
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0890-8508
ISSN (Online):1096-1194
Published Online:16 July 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Molecular and Cellular Probes 30(5):331-341
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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