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In the past we have written about DVD-players being developed to test for HIV, and how useful it would be if they entered the market. Now it appears that another device is being developed that could help diagnose chlamydia and gonorrhoea in 30 minutes.

The device recently won The Royal Academy of Engineering ERA Foundation Entrepreneurs Award.

According to the inventor, the advice is able to detect anomalies from a blood sample taken from a finger prick and works via a low-cost, disposable microchip that sends ultrasonic waves across the chip.  The waves then agitate the blood sample to perform various functions such as opening cells to release their DNA. Although the chip enables multiple ways of agitating the sample, it appears to only be able to do it for one pathogen at a time. However, it now hoped that the investment received from The Royal Academy of Engineering will help the inventor develop the device for multiple and simultaneous pathogen testing.

Once this is done, and if it is done successfully, then it is expected to be another two years before the device gets out on the market. You can read more about this development at The Engineer website.

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