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The detection of food-borne toxins with multifunctional nanoparticles.

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Sep. 1, 2005 - Oct. 31, 2008

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Ian Kennedy, Ph.D.
University of California, Davis


The addition of toxins such as botulinum toxin, ricin and abrin to foods is a potential tool in the arsenal of terrorists. A pressing need exists for faster and more sensitive methods of detecting these compounds in our food supply, without raising false alarms that may prove disruptive and costly to the food industry. Nanotechnology can help to satisfy this need. Special nanoparticles with magnetic and optical properties will be used as substrates to carry-out bioassays using antibodies for these toxins.