Cheap Smartphone Dongle Can Test for Disease

February 4, 2015 7:03 PM

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A cheap appliance that fits onto a smartphone can successfully test people for the AIDS virus and syphilis, researchers reported Wednesday.

The appliance, called a dongle, pulls its power from the smartphone and works with a fingerprick of blood, much like a home diabetes blood glucose test, the team reports in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

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