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How technology may benefit from a micro internet

Narrator:    This is Science Today. UCLA-developed technology that can transform ordinary cell phones into cost-effective, portable pathogen detectors is currently being tested for commercialization. Aydogan Ozcan, an associate professor at the UCLA School of Engineering, says an important aspect of cell phone-based microscopes is the ability to eventually be connected to each other.

Ozcan:        Then you can really increase the number of personal microscope users by several orders of magnitude within the next couple of years, so these technologies will really increase the density of a connected set of microscopes globally. So, this micro internet, once connected to smart algorithms would really open up new avenues for us to explore some unknown things — some unknown statistics to various conditions that we haven't yet explored and that, I believe, is a fundamental opportunity for something bigger than we can today understand.

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