Ingestible Gastrointestinal Biosensor
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A pill-sized biosensor designed to detect chemical substances in the gastrointestinal tract of humans and animals. The tiny equipment functions as an analytical device composed of a bio-receptor (such as an enzyme or antibody), a transducer made of semi-conducting material, and a signal amplifier.
The receptor is biologically derived or bioengineered and is designed to recognize, interact or bind with a certain analyte. When a reaction occurs, the transducer translates this signal in a physiochemical manner. This information is then transmitted to a patch on the user's skin with the signal amplifier, which can then be transferred to a mobile phone or a local system. This solution can be used to monitor human or livestock health, detecting certain pathogens or medication adherence, for instance.