Microscope turns smartphones into parasite diagnostics kits

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Citizen scientist projects are enabling researchers to work with crowdsourced Big Data, such as this kit that lets even children look for new antibiotics. Now, UC Berkley scientists have developed a method of parasitic infection diagnostics using the smartphone's camera. CellScope is a 3D printed device that turns smartphone cameras into powerful microscopes. A blood sample is loaded into the easily assembled device, which detects the ‘wiggle’ motion of parasitic worms present in the blood, and produces a diagnosis in less than two minutes. A companion app automates the process, reducing the risk of misdiagnosis and enables anyone to use…

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