April 7, 2010, 11:05 a.m.
Scientists have started developing "a 3-in-1 'dipstick' test" that would make early diagnoses of parasitic diseases, such as Chagas' disease, leishmaniasis and African trypanosomiasis, also known as sleeping sickness, ANI/Oneindia reports. "The new test exploits the common heritage of the parasites that" cause the diseases, according to the news service. Researchers in the Biosciences Division of SRI International, who are in the initial stages of testing, have "developed special dyes that allow detection of an early disease stage. Moreover, the test does not require the use of sophisticated lab equipment, and can produce results in as little as one hour" (3/22). According to United Press International, "[t]he research was presented thi s week in San Francisco during a meeting of the American Chemical Society (3/23).