Pretty Sweet: Sugar And Gold Used To Detect Equine Flu – Horse Racing News

A dipstick test available in Britain can be modified to detect equine influenza, its manufacturer says. The company, Iceni Diagnostics, has a test that detects and distinguishes between human and avian flu; a slight modification will allow for the rapid, non-invasive test to be used on horses, said Chief Scientist Dr. David Russell.

Co-founder of the company is Dr. Robert Field, an expert in carbohydrate chemistry; he says that 90 percent of infections use carbohydrate recognition to bind with targets in hosts. Each strain of flu has a specific carbohydrate mechanism, which can form a sensor for the disease.

The Iceci Diagnostic test uses sugars and gold nanoparticles to detect influenza; if the virus is present,…