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Three Ground-Breaking Miniature Biosensors 18

kkleiner writes "Over the past few years, several research teams have developed increasingly smaller and cheaper biosensors with improved detection capabilities and faster turnaround times. Whether you are a doctor diagnosing patients in the rural areas of Africa or a Homeland Security agent working to thwart an act of bioterrorism, one of these little devices should be your sidekick."
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Three Ground-Breaking Miniature Biosensors

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  • by the_other_chewey (1119125) on Thursday July 01, 2010 @06:42AM (#32754792)

    a doctor diagnosing patients in the rural areas of Africa or a Homeland Security agent working to thwart an act of bioterrorism

    One of these doesn't belong. I'll give you a hint: There are billions of one (that we don't hear enough about from anyone),[...]

    Your point is an entirely valid one, and I agree.

    A nitpick though: There are no billions of people in the rural areas of Africa. Not even a single billion.
    The whole of Africa has a population of only a wee bit over a billion, and over 100 million of those live
    in the 50 largest cities [wikipedia.org] alone.
    Including everything down to the level of decently-sized towns, this number more than doubles.

    Africa as a whole (yes, that's a rather invalid viewpoint, but you started it ;-) is way more urbanized
    than you seem to realize. That of course doesn't remove the need for much better health care.

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