"We live in an on-demand world, where news and information are instantaneous," Moore said in a press release. "We wanted to know whether we could do the same for diagnosing infectious diseases where early detection is so critical to positive patient outcomes."
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Diagnostic card kits that collect, preserve and stabilize drops of blood and saliva, and specks of DNA and cells have already been developed by GE scientists. Such kits have inspired this next generation of smart papers and membranes that can preserve and analyze nasal swabs. "We want this to be as simple as a pregnancy test," Moore said.
Lambda Lambda Lambda-alum, Dudley "Booger" Dawson will, no doubt, be ecstatic.
Credit: University of Washington, Department of Bioengineering