Biosensor - Applications

Applications

There are many potential applications of biosensors of various types. The main requirements for a biosensor approach to be valuable in terms of research and commercial applications are the identification of a target molecule, availability of a suitable biological recognition element, and the potential for disposable portable detection systems to be preferred to sensitive laboratory-based techniques in some situations. Some examples are given below:

  • Glucose monitoring in diabetes patients ÔćÉhistorical market driver
  • Other medical health related targets
  • Environmental applications e.g. the detection of pesticides and river water contaminants such as heavy metal ions
  • Remote sensing of airborne bacteria e.g. in counter-bioterrorist activities
  • Detection of pathogens
  • Determining levels of toxic substances before and after bioremediation
  • Detection and determining of organophosphate
  • Routine analytical measurement of folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 and pantothenic acid as an alternative to microbiological assay
  • Determination of drug residues in food, such as antibiotics and growth promoters, particularly meat and honey.
  • Drug discovery and evaluation of biological activity of new compounds.
  • Protein engineering in biosensors
  • Detection of toxic metabolites such as mycotoxins

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