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Three Ground-Breaking Miniature Biosensors 18

Posted by samzenpus
from the hospital-pill dept.
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 Null Nihils (965047) on Thursday July 01, 2010 @01:56AM (#32753676) Journal

    I'm probably going to get modded down for this, but it needs to be said:

    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), and like three of the other (that we hear way too much about from certain mainstream media sources).

  • by Anachragnome (1008495) on Thursday July 01, 2010 @03:21AM (#32753936)

    "...or a Homeland Security agent working to thwart an act of bioterrorism"

    Thwart an act of bio-terrorism?

    How do ANY of these devices detect biological contaminants before they are released? Wouldn't that be "verifying an act of bio-terrorism"?

    Silly marketing pinheads.

  • Diabetes (Score:4, Insightful)

    by plastbox (1577037) on Thursday July 01, 2010 @06:51AM (#32754834) Homepage

    I dream of the day when someone makes (and releases) an implantable blood glucose sensor. In October 2006, a company called Digital Angel was awarded a patent for an implantable, blood glucose measuring RFID-tag. From what I recall they even had a working device. The only downside was that due to scar tissue and encapsulation the chip needed to be removed every 6 months and a new one implanted, something any MD with a scalpel could do.

    "Drive-thru"-surgery every 6 months to have constant blood glucose measurements? Yes please! Anyone know where this tech went? As a Type 1 Diabetic, it'd probably extend my lifespan by 10 years. Oh, and I could buy an RFID-reader and make my own data logger with graphs and biofeedback and everything!

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