A smartphone application and laboratory kit developed by scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) working with Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital physicians can diagnose COVID-19, COVID variants, and flu virus infections.
The smaRT-LAMP kit costs less than $100 to build, and only requires a saliva sample from the patient.
The free app uses a smartphone's camera to analyze a chemical reaction in the sample, and can provide a diagnosis in just 25 minutes.
UCSB's Michael Mahan said, “Nearly half the world’s population has a smartphone, and we believe that this holds exciting potential to provide fair and equal access to precision diagnostic medicine.”
From The Current (University of California, Santa Barbara)
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