Printed ‘lab on a chip’ costs a penny and catches disease early

by Larry Emmott on February 23, 2017

in Diagnostics,Future Tech

From New Scientist:

Each chip consists of a clear silicone chamber that houses a sample of cells for testing and a reusable electronic strip. The electronic strip can be printed onto flexible sheets of polyester using a regular inkjet printer and conductive nanoparticle ink. Users can download different designs for the strip, which let it test for different things. The whole printing process takes just 20 minutes.

Source: Printed ‘lab on a chip’ costs a penny and catches disease early | New Scientist

The most obvious use for this technology is to provide lab services to remote areas at low cost. However why not use it in the middle of the city instead of sending off to a conventional lab, waiting days for the result and spending much more money?

Why not use this in the dental office. We could check for perio pathogens and diabetes and much more once we have a quick and inexpensive system.

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