Thursday, August 30, 2012

How A Scientist Tapped Into The Rise Of Cell Phones To Fight Malaria


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Aydogan Ozcan, an electrical engineering professor at UCLA, invented the LUCAS microscope back in 2010. The tiny device attaches to a cell phone and can detect life-threatening diseases like malaria and tuberculosis in drinking water.

The device, which only costs $10 to manufacture, is revolutionary because it makes it possible to do complicated medical testing in developing countries. 

"Microscopes are bulky, difficult to carry around and expensive," Ozcan told us in an interview. "I wanted to help create a medical infrastructure that was feasible for the developing world." 

He gave a presentation to some colleagues about the need for his microscope and why it works so well. 

First, Ozcan explains the ubiquity of cell phones around the world, including in developing countries.

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He also shows this map of how common cell phones are in different parts of the world.

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Then, he explains how cell phones could be used as a practical plat! form for medical testing in developing countries.

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