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Sensors for isolation of anti-cancer compounds found within marine invertebrates
Author(s): Gordon Wiegand; Amanda LaRue
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Paper Abstract

Highly evolved bacteria living within immobile marine animals are being targeted as a source of antitumor pharmaceuticals. This paper describes 2 electo-optical sensor systems developed for identifying species of tunicates and actinobacteria that live within them. Two stages of identification include 1) a benthic survey apparatus to locate species and 2) a laboratory housed cell analysis platform used to classify their bacterial micro-biome. Marine Optics Sampling- There are over 3000 species of Tunicates that thrive in diverse habitats. We use a system of cameras, GPS and the GPS/photo integration application on a PC laptop to compile a time / location stamp for each image taken during the dive survey. A shape-map of x/y coordinates of photos are stored for later identification and sampling. Flow Cytometers/cell sorters housed at The Medical University of South Carolina and The University of Maryland have been modified to produce low-noise, high signal wave forms used for bacteria analysis. We strive to describe salient contrasts between these two fundamentally different sensor systems. Accents are placed on analog transducers and initial step sensing systems and output.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 May 2015
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9490, Advances in Global Health through Sensing Technologies 2015, 94900Q (13 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2176129
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Gordon Wiegand, Medical Univ. of South Carolina (United States)
Amanda LaRue, Medical Univ. of South Carolina (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9490:
Advances in Global Health through Sensing Technologies 2015
Šárka O. Southern; Mark A. Mentzer; Virginia E. Wotring, Editor(s)

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