Scientists design cybertongue for lactose, food toxins detection


Scientists at the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have come up with a tool called Cybertongue that that can rapidly detect lactose and spoilt milk.


The next-generation diagnostic tool uses biological sensors to detect substances like lactose on the spot. It has potentially game-changing applications across food safety, environmental monitoring and human health. The tool has been licensed to a startup firm PPB Technology.


Former CSIRO researcher and PPB Technology founder, Dr Stephen Trowell, said the company would first focus on the tool’s diagnostic potential in the dairy industry, detecting lactose and spoilage enzymes in milk.


CSIRO is developing future sensors for wider applications of Cybertongue as part a formal strategic partnership between CSIRO and PPB Technology.

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