Screen Molecules Using Conventional CDs and Compact Disk Players
UCSD Scientists Develop Novel Way to Screen Molecules Using
Conventional CDs and Compact Disk Players
Chemists at the University of California, San Diego have developed a
novel method of detecting molecules with a conventional compact disk
player that provides scientists with an inexpensive way to screen for
molecular interactions and a potentially cheaper alternative to
medical diagnostic tests.
A paper detailing their development will appear this week in an
advance on-line edition of the Journal of Organic and Biomolecular
Chemistry ([Only registered users see links. ]) and in the printed
journal?s September 21st issue.
?Our immediate goal is to use this new technology to solve basic
scientific questions in the laboratory,? says Michael Burkart, an
assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UCSD and a
coauthor of the paper. ?But our eventual hope is that there will be
many other applications. Our intention is to make this new development
as widely available as possible and to see where others take the
Burkart and James La Clair, a visiting scholar in Burkart?s laboratory
who initially developed and patented the technique, said that since
scientific laboratories often rely on laser light to detect molecules,
it made sense to them to design a way to detect molecules using the
most ubiquitous laser on the planet--the CD player.