A 15-minute HIV and syphilis test — from your iPhone

February 6, 2015 7:29 PM

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Researchers at Columbia University have taken the mechanics of a laboratory test for HIV and syphilis and crammed them into a device the size of a wallet. It attaches to a smartphone and can provide accurate results in 15 minutes.

The result of more than three years of research and engineering work, the device could help make in-field tests for sexually transmitted diseases faster and more accurate in places where a second visit to a doctor for treatment isn't feasible.

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