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Biosensor systems are man-made operational mimics of nature's design and efficiency. They are hybrid constructs consisting of biomolecules, transducers and instrument components, designed to specifically detect and identify substances that are relevant for diagnosis or process surveillance. The Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) fosters biosensor-system applications for the detection of constituents and additives in food, and for prognostic or diagnostic identification of drugs and metabolites. Instruments and biosensor platforms are developed on the basis of advanced detection principles. Optical and electrochemical platforms are improved in efficiency and value through assay-specific surface bioengineering. Device miniaturization and large-scale manufacturability, combined with instrumental simplicity are adopted properties of CSEM's application-specific biosensor systems. Major current biosensor developments include the detection of infectious prion proteins in livestock and antibiotics in milk.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 1999

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  • International Journal for Chemistry and Official Membership Journal of the Swiss Chemical Society (SCS) and its Divisions

    CHIMIA, a scientific journal for chemistry in the broadest sense, is published 10 times a year and covers the interests of a wide and diverse readership. Contributions from all fields of chemistry and related areas are considered for publication in the form of Review Articles and Notes. A characteristic feature of CHIMIA are the thematic issues, each devoted to an area of great current significance.

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