SCOPE: Stanford researcher develops tools to understand chronic fatigue syndrome

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Author: Holly MacCormick

Many scientists care deeply about their work. Yet for researcher Ron Davis, PhD, the drive to decode the mystery of chronic fatigue syndrome is all-encompassing: Davis’ 33-year old son, Whitney Dafoe, has been bedridden with the disease for nearly four years.

Since his son fell ill, Davis has worked to uncover the molecular mechanisms and biochemical processes that underlie chronic fatigue syndrome, or myalgic encephalomyelitis. In 2013, Davis launched the Stanford Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research Center with the aim of definitively diagnosing, treating and curing CFS.

Now, Davis and his team are making strides toward creating a diagnostic test for CFS. They’ve crafted a nanofabricated cube, about the size of a sugar lump, that uses 2,500 electrodes to sense electrical resistance in human cells.

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