Technology has evolved a lot in the last few years. Tech companies are developing new devices that can make our lives better. One device that has been used for a long time and that is constantly being changed and updated is the smartphone. This device can be used in order to do other stuff than calling your friends.
Apparently, you can use smartphones now to analyze DNA. If you want to go to the doctor and get the usual DNA test it might cost you more than you believe. This is why scientists have tried a new way that can help you analyze DNA.
This alternative is actually cost-effective which means that you don’t have to pay a lot of money. Scientists have discovered a way of analyzing DNA by using smartphones. This is a simple way to test DNA after scientists already gathered blood samples.
This is actually a great way for those who don’t have a well-equipped lab at their service. In order to test DNA the only thing that they need, besides a smartphone, is a microscope. This microscope is a special one that is attached to a smartphone.
While normal devices that test DNA cost up to $10,000, this type of microscope can cost as little as $500. This is only if it is produced in large quantities. This microscope can be attached to the camera of the smartphone and it can be used to analyze images.
This device records multi-mode images which are sent to an algorithm that reads the DNA. This can help doctors discover mutations found in tumor tissue. This type of device could be used in poor countries that don’t have labs.
The scientists who tested this microscope mentioned that it can detect small amounts of cancer in a big group of normal cells. This can be a revolution in medicine because it can help doctors test DNA faster and less expensive.
Although it is a great innovation, researchers need to test it more in order to make sure that it is as great as they believe. They need to see if there are any errors. In a few years maybe we will be able to analyze DNA with our smartphones.
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