Norwich scientists in flu test breakthrough

Scientists in Norwich have invented a quick and simple way to test for flu, using sugar mixed with gold.

Norwich scientists in quick way to test for flu

A simple and quick test has been discovered by scientists that uses gold mixed with sugar to tell whether or not you have human flu, or a more serious form such as bird flu.

The method has been developed by experts at the John Innes Centre and the University of East Anglia in Norwich.

The test can detect strains of the flu virus quickly and results are almost instant. Current testing methods can take up to 48 hours for results to come through.

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Scientists will use sugar mixed with gold to detect flu.
Scientists will use sugar mixed with gold to detect flu. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Scientists in Norwich have invented a quick and simple way to test for flu, using sugar mixed with gold.

The colour of the sugar changes according to the strain of flu.

The test was discovered in Norwich's John Innes Centre.
The test was discovered in Norwich's John Innes Centre. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Quick diagnosis of flu is important, because vaccination and antiviral drugs need to be administered to patients within 48 hours of infection.

Attention will now turn towards finding a way of marketing the test commercially.

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Norwich Scientists find new test for flu

Scientists find new way of detecting flu Credit: Norwich Research Park

Scientists in Norwich have patented a quick and simple way to test for flu by using sugar labelled with gold.

Quick diagnosis of flu is important because vaccination and antiviral drugs need to be administered to patients within 48 hours of infection.

The colour the sugar changes to will differ according to the strain of flu.

Researchers on the Norwich Research park have now patented the quick and simple dipstick test.

Professor Rob Field from the John Innes Centre said, "We are now looking for a diagnostics company to help us bring it to market."

Professor Field along with Professor David Russell from the University of East Anglia made the discovery.