Smartphone accessory can lead to 15-minute HIV diagnosis

February 6, 2015 9:11 PM

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Engineers at Columbia University have developed a new smartphone accessory capable of testing for HIV and syphilis in a finger prick blood sample in just 15 minutes, according to new research published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

According to the developers of the device, it provides a low-cost alternative to lab-based blood tests, performing an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) without requiring any stored energy. Instead, the unit draws all of its power from the smartphone to which it is connected.

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