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Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory have developed a lymphocyte-based biosensor technology that they said can detect airborne pathogens in three minutes.
 
The technology, known as Cellular Analysis and Notification of Antigen Risks and Yields, or CANARY, was developed for use in biodefense as well as nonmilitary applications and has been shown to identify the pathogens responsible for anthrax and smallpox, the researchers said.
 

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