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On the basis of a specific interaction between known toxins and ion channels, researchers within our institute have developed a silicon chip that detects the presence of toxins via the modulation of cellular electrical current. This chip is expected to automate the testing process and ultimately, directly translate the electrical signature into a poisoning warning signal. This principle can be adapted to the control of bathing water, the food industry etc.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.