"Lab In A Needle" Could Streamline Medical Diagnoses, Houston Methodist Research Institute Study

What if it were possible to squeeze the diagnostic ability of a lab into a single needle? Scientists have come up with a self-contained lab in a needle-like device which is claimed capable of delivering results to common lab tests instantly. The device could potentially allow doctors to diagnose and treat conditions faster and make it easier to conduct diagnostic tests anywhere.

To create their device, scientists at Houston Methodist, in collaboration with researchers in Singapore, made use of the concept of a lab on a chip; a small microfluidic chip capable of carrying out the functions of a routine laboratory diagnostic test. The goal was to create one medical device capable of collecting and evaluating patient samples, testing them and then displaying the results.

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