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Glucose-influenced Sensors Can Now Sensitively Analyze Diseases

The researchers from across the globe are taking the study regarding batteries altogether to the next level. At present, the team from Washington State University has invented an implantable plus biofuel-powered sensor that sprints on sugar along with the option of tracking down the body’s biological signals so as to sense, avoid, and analyze diseases.

The research squad led by Subhanshu Gupta is one of a kind sensor that is powered by biofuels cells to make use of the glucose present in the body fluids so as to run efficiently. The team has developed a unique combination using biofuel cells plus electronics to analyze biochemical and physiological signals with greater sensitivity. The others Alla Kostyukova and Su Ha from the Gene and Linda School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering also played a vital role in designing the biofuel cell. The current creation is sure to outcast the earlier used well-known sensors, like watches, for the disease diagnosis have the tendency to wear off plus embedding problems when in the patch form on the skin or get drained out of power. This WSU team creation is all set to discard the common prick test in case of diabetes as well. The human body is a powerhouse in itself as the body fluids have right from the glucose to the lactate present almost in most parts of the body, which is what the researchers are planning to explore using a biofuel cell and pave a new way for using the body as a budding fuel.

Though the sensor is highly sensitive it makes use of only a few microwatts of energy owing to its structure and design.  The biofuel cell and electronics coupling are more powerful in comparison to traditional battery-powered devices. The dependency on the body glucose renders the sensor’s electronics to be powered indefinitely. The idea of putting under the skin body glucose to use for powering the sensors is quite amazing. This cell can prove to be a promising implant as it is fully nontoxic, stable as well as sensitive compared to lithium or traditional biofuel cells. A team from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum along with others have used the old concept of packaging the enzymes with gas diffusion electrode technology so as increase the durability of the enzyme hydrogenase fuel cells.

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