TAU researchers develop drug sensor to prevent date rape

By BENJAMIN SPIER
August 13, 2011 10:10

Dr. Michael Ioffe says the detector could be the size of a pin head and send an SMS to your phone if it detects a spiked drink.




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date rape thumb. (photo credit: Benjamin Spier)



Dr. Michael Ioffe has a plan to make the world a safer place. The Tel Aviv University researcher and his partner Prof. Fernando Patolsky have invented four chemical formulations that can tell if a drink has been spiked by any of the four date rape drugs.




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When the formulation comes in contact with a drink that has been drugged, the physical condition of the drink changes in a way that can be seen by the naked eye, or detected by a computer sensor.




The researchers are currently looking for investors to help them develop a portable sensor that can be brought with you to a bar. Dr. Ioffe says the sensor could be as small as pin head and can send an message to your phone if it detects a drug.



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