Scientists create smartphone accessory that detects syphilis, HIV in 15 minutes

February 4, 2015 8:25 PM

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Scientists create smartphone accessory that detects syphilis, HIV in 15 minutes

Smartphone dongles performed a point-of-care HIV and syphilis test in Rwanda from finger prick whole blood in 15 minutes, operated by health care workers trained on a software app. (Samiksha Nayak, Columbia Engineering)

Engineers at Columbia University have invented a smartphone accessory that can detect three markers for sexually transmitted diseases with a finger-prick. Compared to traditional laboratory tests administered in the United States and around the world, which can take days to deliver results, the dong...

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