HIV USB STICK DEVELOPED….

I’m sure this technology will never make it to the U.S. market but I think its a great idea…Read more from this Verge report.

It’s now possible to use a USB stick to measure the levels of HIV in a patient’s blood. The device has a 95 percent accuracy rate and takes less than 30 minutes, which is a big improvement over current tests.

It works like this: you put a drop of blood on the USB stick. This changes the acidity levels of the metal in the USB. A chip inside the USB notes the change in acidity and turns this into an electrical signal. It can then be connected to a computer or other hand-held device, where the researcher can read out the result. The scientists tested 991 blood samples. They received the results in an average of 21 minutes.

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