DOCTOR IN YOUR POCKET TECHNOLOGY ARRIVES
“Users in the near future could collect saliva, blood or urine on an inexpensive, disposable microchip device called a lab on a chip, then send the sample to a lab for analysis. Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology in Daejeon are taking that innovation a step further, developing a process that allows a droplet of fluid to be pressed against a smartphone’s touch screen for instant disease detection” (Image & Janet Maragioglio Quote Source: mobiledia.com).
Park Hyun Gyu said, “Smartphones are already everywhere, so this technology can be developed for individuals to check their health condition, detecting cancer markers or glucose at home in the future,”
The idea of exposing a cellphone touchscreen to saliva or blood may not appeal to many in today’s cellphone generation, but scientists say it will one day save time, money and lives.
South Korean professor Park Hyun Gyu said, “From the understanding that biomolecules have electrical characteristics according to their concentration, we started with the idea that certain proteins and DNA can be detected in the same way as a finger touch’s electrical signal is detected,” (china.org.cn).