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2016 FLC Planner Features Two NIAID Technology Successes

atomic level protein structure of the antibody VRC01 binding to HIV
Colorized transmission electron micrograph showing particles of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus that emerged in 2012.
Credit: NIAID

The 2016 Federal Laboratories Consortium (FLC) planner features two new NIAID technologies.

One is a mobile phone video microscope from the NIAID Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases and the University of California, Berkeley. The video microscope can measure blood levels of the parasitic filarial worm Loa loa, which causes river blindness and elephantiasis. This technology enables quick quantification of parasites in the blood sample of just a fingerprick, assisting public health efforts to eradicate the neglected tropical diseases that have such a profound impact on quality of life in resource-poor countries.

The other featured technology comes from the Virus Ecology Unit, NIAID Laboratory of Virology, whose study of the novel Middle East respiratory syndrome-coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has uncovered a promising new animal model for research. Using computer simulations, scientists predicted that marmosets could be infected with MERS-CoV. Then in studies, they discovered that MERS-CoV infection in marmosets closely mimics infection in humans, providing the best animal model yet to test potential therapies.

There were 135 submissions for the 2016 FLC Planner, which will go out to more than 12,000 FLC members, as well as members of industry and academia. The planner supports the FLC mission to promote and facilitate the rapid movement of federal laboratory research results and technologies into the mainstream of the U.S. economy.


Last Updated March 08, 2016