Screening for blood diseases like Malaria is typically done in a lab by a pathologist. But for many people in developing countries, going to a doctor for a blood test is nearly impossible.
A project team at the University of California, Berkeley, with support from the Blum Center, is building a solution to this problem. Matt Bakalar, a Bioengineering PhD student on the team, spoke with Seeker's Laura Ling about their invention called the Cellscope. The Cellscope converts a cell phone camera into a handheld microscope, which can detect parasites in the blood in just 30 seconds. This means patients can be quickly diagnosed on site and given treatment right away.
Watch the video above to see how this tiny device is saving lives in places like Cameroon and other developing nations all over the world.
Thanks to our partner, the Blum Center for Developing Economies at the University of California, Berkeley, an innovation and research hub that is tackling issues in global poverty.