Professor Park Hyun Kyu of the department of Biological-Chemical Engineering developed a new diagnosis system for diagnosing cardiovascular diseases using E.coli to test the homocysteine concentration in the blood.
The research team used the genetic recombination process to produce two different biologically illuminant nutrition cultures and compared the growth rate of the homocysteine between the two cultures by comparing the degree of luminescence.
The technology can allow the simultaneous analysis of blood samples en masse and is also economical and thus is being regarded as a major step forward in the field of homocysteine concentration analysis which is a rapidly growing field.
The conventional method used high performance liquid chromatography which took a long time to complete and was costly to run.
The advantage of the newly developed system is that it gets rid of costly steps as it only needs to grow E.coli and measure the luminescence of the naturally occurring illuminant.
The research was published as the cover paper of the April edition of ‘Analytical Chemistry’.