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“Bug Sniffer”to Detect Pathogens----By ARI, Pune

Published on April 21, 2020
Current Context: Agharkar Research Institute (ARI), Pune, has developed a 'bug sniffer’ for the fast and accurate detection of pathogens and bacteria.
“Bug Sniffer”to Detect Pathogens----By ARI, Pune
  • The Bug Sniffer a sensitive and low-cost sensor to rapidly detect bacteria. It is a portable device which can detect as low as ten bacterial cells from a sample size of 1 mm in just 30 minutes.
  • It makes use synthetic peptides, magnetic nanoparticles, and quantum dots to detect the presence of bacteria. After capturing the bacteria, microchannels exhibits strong and stable fluorescence due to the quantum-dot-tagged peptides, which act as a recognition element and provide the specificity to the detection. These peptides are highly specific to the bacteria to be detected and have extremely low cross-reactivity.
  • It will provide a cost and time-effective way of screening water and foodborne pathogens.


Q.1 What is the name of the device manufactured by Agharkar Research Institute (ARI), Pune to detect pathogens?
a. Pathogens Sniffer
b. Bug Killer
c. Bug Sniffer
d. Bacteria killer

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