Portable Device Will Detect Pathogens in Developing Countries

Two Cornell professors will combine their inventions to develop a handheld pathogen detector that will give health care workers in the developing world speedy results to identify in the field such pathogens as tuberculosis, chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV. Using synthetic DNA and a computer chip that quickly responds to the amplified samples, they will be able to make a handheld device, usable under harsh field conditions, that can report in about 30 minutes what would ordinarily require transporting samples to a laboratory and waiting days for results.
(Source: Cornell Chronicle)

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