Bionanosensors may make it quicker and easier to detect harmful micro-organisms, but hurdles remain before they can enter the clinical realm.
The sensor-filled ear tag is likened to a smart watch in terms of the data it can gather. This includes information about where herds are grazing, whether an animal has escaped or been stolen, or even analyzing movement to suggest if it is unwell.
Biothreats are hard to immediately identify, but with new technologies and data sources, such as the wealth of open data generated by “smarter” cities, emergency managers may be able to detect and respond to an emerging problem more quickly.
Holographic images of free-flowing air particles may help biological weapons watchdogs better monitor the atmosphere.
Shark antibodies could be integrated into sensors used to identify chemical or biological threats.