Wearable Tattoo Can Monitor Blood Alcohol Levels with Diagnostic Technologies Familiar to Clinical Laboratory Scientists

The minute electronic device accurately determines alcohol blood levels by sampling the wearer’s sweat During a night out on the town, what better way for individuals to monitor their consumption of alcohol and blood alcohol levels than by wearing a tattoo that can monitor blood alcohol levels? That’s the vision of researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). This temporary tattoo would be capable of helping an individual determine, “Am I drunk or just slightly buzzed. Am I...

Harvard University Researchers Turn Bubble Wrap into Tiny Test Tubes that Could Be Used for Clinical Pathology Laboratory Testing in Developing Nations

Inexpensive packing material pops up as an alternative to high-cost glass lab equipment for simple diagnostic tests, a potential boon in developing nations By turning Bubble Wrap into a cheap alternative to glass test tubes and culture dishes, Harvard University scientists may have found a way to cushion clinical laboratories in developing countries from the high cost of basic lab gear. This latest discovery is significant because it adds to the growing number of in vitro diagnostic testing...

Microgripper Can Harvest “Microbiopsies” Via Minimally Invasive Surgery

Pathologists may eventually have a new tool that makes it possible to collect microbiopsies using minimally-invasive surgery. The invention is a product of research at Johns Hopkins University and uses biochemicals to operate the device. A tiny handlike gripper is 500 micrometers (0.05 centimeters) in diameter, and made of a film of copper and chromium covered with polymer. Scientists say the gripper can grasp tissue or cell samples inside the body. As a proof of concept, researchers used the...
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