Zika detector

Scientists at Sandia National Laboratory in Livermore, California, have been working on a simple technique for simultaneously detecting RNA from West Nile and chikungunya virus in samples from mosquitoes. Now, the same team is looking to see whether the technique, quenching of unincorporated amplification signal reporters (QUASR), could be used to detect Zika as well. “Our ultimate goal is to develop an autonomous device to passively monitor for mosquito-borne diseases,” explains chemical engineer Robert Meagher.