"Major applications include monitoring of pathogens for food safety in meat and beverage packaging facilities as well as surveillance for biological warefare agents (BWA) in the field for the protection of military personnel. In the wake of Desert Storm the Department of Defense has increased funding for research and education to prepare U.S. military personnel and civilians in the case of a bioterrorism event. The USF biosensor contributes to this effort."
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DawnAlan writes: "The University of South Florida has developed (biosensor assays to detect pathogens in record time. The technology is a marriage of engineering and biology. The biosensor uses optical fibers and a laser to generate a signal for each sample tested. This signal indicates the presence or absence of biological agents." (Read more below.)