Phelps County News

Researchers create unique DNA biosensor for early stage disease detection


Disease detection at an early stage is one of the biggest challenges biochemists and materials scientists are trying to meet by combining their expertise at Missouri University of Science and Technology. The researchers used nanotechnology in biomedical diagnostics – a process called nanodiagnostics – to create a new, ultrasensitive DNA biosensor. The new sensor could potentially detect DNA-based biomarkers for early diagnosis of cancer and genetic disorders, as well as monitor patient responses to therapies.

MRPC board, TAC cancel April 9 meetings

    Due to public health concerns, Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) Board of Directors and the MRPC Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) will not meet April 9. The board meets monthly, except for July, on the second Thursday of each month. At this time, the next MRPC board meeting will be Thursday, May 14 and the TAC will reconvene before the June 11 board meeting.

Researchers at Missouri S&T use social media to study COVID-19

As COVID-19 sweeps across the U.S. and the world, people have taken to social media with concerns, questions and opinions. Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology are analyzing tens of millions of posts on Twitter in real time to show how attitudes toward the disease have changed. The researchers are designing machine learning and natural language processing techniques for the study. They say the project is distinctive in that it measures topics of concern, subjectivity, social distancing and public sentiment rather than predicting the spread of infection.

Missouri S&T environmental engineers study fabrics, materials for face covers

The day before the federal government issued new recommendations that Americans wear cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, a researcher at Missouri University of Science and Technology decided to test a few common household materials – pillowcases, scarves, furnace filters – “out of curiosity.” His early results, which he shared on Twitter Thursday (April 2), have attracted the interest of do-it-yourselfers, fellow engineers and scientists, and the general public.

Possible COVID-19 exposure reported at 1-44 Surplus Grocery

The Phelps/Maries County Health Department issued the following released this morning about a possible COVID-19 exposure in Phelps County:
Part of the Phelps/Maries County Health Department’s duty to protect the public’s health, is informing of potential COVID-19 exposure in the community. We were notified by an adjoining county of the following risk to our jurisdiction.