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Comment: Is it cold under that wet blanket? (Score 2, Interesting) 56

by JesterJosh (#31800686) Attached to: A New "Medical Lab On a Chip" For Every Home?
Why would you rather see people go to labs to get tests done the old way when "patients will be able to get their lab results in a matter of minutes instead of days." The "expensive single-use" cartridges are made of plastic and can be fitted with multiple sensors, making them inexpensive and while perhaps usable only once they perform a battery of tests and in a fraction of the time. This is rad.

A New "Medical Lab On a Chip" For Every Home? 56

Posted by Soulskill
from the a-mischievous-sibling-could-have-fun-with-this dept.
destinyland writes "NWU professor Chad Mirkin discusses his company's new 'lab-on-a-chip' technology — the ability to automatically treat a blood sample with chemicals on a microchip, quickly detecting markers for diseases and other anomalies. The quick 'bio-barcode' test creates the possibility of a medical diagnostic system in every home, since it offers greater sensitivity than current tests with simpler instruments and at lower costs. This is not a futuristic technology; four tests already have received FDA clearances, so 'They're here.... It's in hospitals around the country. Really, what we are waiting for is just an increasing menu [of tests]... It will scale rapidly.'" Reader Trintech sent word of a similar chip developed by Fraunhofer reseachers, writing, "The core element of this new chip is a disposable cartridge made of plastic which can be fitted with various types of sensors. To perform an assay, the doctor only has to place the relevant substances (reagents, etc.) into the cartridge and the test then takes place automatically. It is the researchers' hope that, by using this chip, medical patients will be able to get their lab results in a matter of minutes instead of days."

Comment: Fishies! (Score 3, Interesting) 143

by JesterJosh (#31745218) Attached to: Grounded Russian Nuclear Sub Photographed With Sonar
"We also had a problem with the surveying due to the density of north Atlantic cod attracted to the sound of the sonar and the light of the cameras. So at the beginning we had to turn off the equipment for 40 minutes and wait for the fish to go."

Thought the sonar wasn't good for the marine life in that they would avoid it. Is this a peculiarity of cod?

What the world *really* needs is a good Automatic Bicycle Sharpener.