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In the multifaceted operational environments of future wars, Army forces will need to be more adaptive and optimized for execution. The development and production of ruggedized biosensors can provide real-time feedback for soldier health, performance, and biothreats.
Future US warfighters will benefit from innovative biosensor technologies. A US Army research group is currently working on peptide-based receptor development for potential integration into wearable biosensors, according to new data from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory.
Wearable technologies reflecting various physical parameters can include eye movement monitors that can alert regarding early seizure warning, chemical exposure warning, fatigue smart textiles, smart tattoos, smart “keychains” for environment conditions warning, etc.
The new technology under development will use Protein Catalyzed Capture (PCC) agents based receptors, that should provide a rate of detection three times faster when carbon nanotubes are used in the nano-biosensor construction, preventing the attachment of the protein to the device components.
Cutting-Edge technology will support water and food defense, individual soldier protection, collective protection and soldier health monitoring.
According to defence-blog.com, the new biosensors will be embedded under or on the skin and designed to find a specific molecule and signals from body.
Protein Catalyzed Capture agents will be integrated into silicon-based photonic integrated circuits sensors to provide multiplex detection with true portability and high accuracy for Department of Defense relevant applications.
Peptide-based receptors fulfill the need for alternative antibodies by addressing critical gaps in adaptability, manufacturability, and stability. Also, PCCs can be integrated into multiple platforms for real-time monitoring of biothreats and soldier health and performance.