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App launched to detect Zika and dengue

A team of scientist has invented a new device that can be operated using a battery. This device cost just $100 and can be used to detect like Zika, chikungunya, and dengue. The device can do this task within 30 minutes. On top of this, the device can be controlled by a smartphone using the app.

The device was invented when the need for testing viruses that were caused due to mosquito bite was felt. Patients had to wait for days. In addition to this, a laboratory was needed for testing which was not available in some areas. Moreover, testing devices used in the laboratory were the size of a TV set and would cost around $20,000. Hence, a large amount was needed in order to test mosquito-borne diseases. Hence, a team of researchers, which also include an Indian-origin scientist, from Sandia National Laboratories, U.S. came up with this device.

The device invented is based on the theory of loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) diagnostic method. This method gets rid of the need to process a sample such as urine or blood, prior to testing.

When asked Aashish Priye, one of the members of the team, said, “We were successful in utilizing sensors of the smartphone’s camera as a substitute for conventional laboratory tools used for sample analysis. In addition to this, developing an app that provides an easy interface to control the device was simple.”

Seeing the rising cases of Zika virus, the device is ideal for testing the patients suffering from this virus. In addition to this, the app serves the same function while testing biological samples of patients suffering from chikungunya and dengue.

Well, the invention of the app by the team from Sandia National Laboratories, U.S. that helps detect the mosquito-based viruses within 30 minutes has indeed proven to be a great piece of technology.

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