Handheld diagnostic lab offers point-of-care solution for future pandemics

UCLA-developed handheld diagnostic lab kit capable of fully automated multiplexed and pooled testing. Credit: Kiarash Sabet/UCLA

Using swarms of pinhead-sized magnets inside a handheld, all-in-one lab kit, UCLA researchers have developed a technology that could significantly increase the speed and volume of disease testing, while reducing the costs and usage of scarce supplies.

The automated tests can be easily manufactured, deployed and performed timely at a doctor’s office, health clinic or at mass testing sites in airports and schools at the onset of any major infectious disease. The UCLA-led research team was motivated by the lack of equitable access …
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