Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Credit Card-Sized Chip Detects 100% of AIDS Cases [Medicine]


Credit Card-Sized Chip Detects 100% of AIDS CasesIf the global AIDS epidemic will ever be put down, letting people know they're infected to begin will be a huge part of the solution. So how can it be better? Putting an AIDS clinic in a $1 card helps.

The incredible mChip can diagnose both HIV and syphilis in 15 minutes, FastCo Incredible quality number two: it only costs a dollar. Incredible quality number three: it has a one hundred percent detection rate (albeit with a 4-6% chance of a false positive).

The Columbia University researchers who developed the mChip hope to debut it in Rwanda—where it'll also be able to beam test results to remote servers for easy patient organization. Hey, that's incredible quality number four! [Columbia via FastCo]

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