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nanoLAB: An ultraportable, handheld diagnostic laboratory for global health

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Abstract

Driven by scientific progress and economic stimulus, medical diagnostics will move to a stage in which straightforward medical diagnoses are independent of physician visits and large centralized laboratories. The future of basic diagnostic medicine will lie in the hands of private individuals. We have taken significant strides towards achieving this goal by developing an autoassembly assay for disease biomarker detection which obviates the need for washing steps and is run on a handheld sensing platform. By coupling magnetic nanotechnology with an array of magnetically responsive nanosensors, we demonstrate a rapid, multiplex immunoassay that eliminates the need for trained technicians to run molecular diagnostic tests. Furthermore, the platform is battery-powered and ultraportable, allowing the assay to be run anywhere in the world by any individual.

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The article was received on 27 Oct 2010, accepted on 23 Dec 2010 and first published on 24 Jan 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C0LC00534G
Citation: Lab Chip, 2011,11, 950-956
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    nanoLAB: An ultraportable, handheld diagnostic laboratory for global health

    R. S. Gaster, D. A. Hall and S. X. Wang, Lab Chip, 2011, 11, 950
    DOI: 10.1039/C0LC00534G

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