IIT develops hand-held device to detect bacteria

Guwahati: A team of researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IIT-G) has developed a portable device to detect bacteria without cell culture or microbiological assays.

The hand-held device, with bio-compatible sensor, can also diagnose time-critical illnesses such as meningitis, Parameswar K Iyer, one of the lead researchers, said.

“The research has enabled rapid detection of bacteria, which is not just important in healthcare, but also in anti-bioterrorism measures and environmental monitoring,” he said.