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An efficient lab-on-a-chip can reduce risk of misdiagnosis

 

Narrator:       This is Science Today. A newly developed blood analysis chip could revolutionize community health initiatives in underdeveloped areas. Engineered by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, the disposable chip could greatly reduce the risk of misdiagnosis in areas with very little medical infrastructure.

Dimov:           A lot of people get treated without a proper diagnosis and over the years a subset of people have been misdiagnosed and given treatment even though they don't necessarily need it. And that has forced the bugs to mutate and become resistant to the drugs that they give.

Narrator:       Bioengineer Ivan Dimov explains that the next generation chip would enable health care workers to accurately diagnose dozens of diseases in a matter of moments, with very little training.

Dimov:           The chip itself really has an important effect on the entire process of diagnostics. For one, you can analyze the samples on the spot so you eliminate the need for transportation, for storage, and at the same time we can make these things for less than a dollar.

Narrator:       For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.