New lab-on-a-chip may be game-changer

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by Marlowe Hood, COSMOS Magazine (follow link to original article and full story)

PARIS: A cheap, highly portable blood test has proven as accurate as expensive hospital-based analyses in detecting HIV, syphilis and other infectious diseases, according to a new study.

Researchers tested prototypes of the credit card-sized lab-on-a-chip with hundreds of patients in Rwanda, reporting nearly 100% accuracy.

The so-called ‘mChip’, they said, could help knock down three barriers to effective delivery of health care into the world’s poorest regions: difficult access, high costs and long delays for results.