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Does that hottie has HIV? Put their blood in the DVD player

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:49 pm
by DaFoxx
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/12 ... lood_test/
Cunning Swedish boffins have come up with a new use for the cheap technology in optical DVD drives: it can be used to carry out complex biochemical tests, even to the point of detecting HIV in a blood sample.

This isn't hyperbole - an actual DVD player has been converted into a laser scanning microscope with micrometre resolution and used to conduct HIV tests which would normally call for expensive lab machinery.

“With an ordinary DVD player, we have created a cheap analytical tool for DNA, RNA, proteins and even entire cells,” confirms Aman Russom of the Kungliga Tekniska högskolan (Royal Institute of Technology) in Stockholm.
fave bit on this one
A normal hospital flow cytometry unit, a large "this is the machine that goes ping" style piece of kit

can ya tell it's Friday, and I am kinda bored :o)

Re: Does that hottie has HIV? Put their blood in the DVD pla

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:56 pm
by SirDice
This is actually really interesting. It could make way for relatively cheap test machines for consumers. Or simply get tested at your GP in 5 minutes instead of having to wait a week for the results. I know from experience how agonizing that can be :?

Re: Does that hottie has HIV? Put their blood in the DVD pla

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:37 pm
by chaosclown
In other news...The sale of dvd players has skyrocketed!!

Re: Does that hottie has HIV? Put their blood in the DVD pla

Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:41 pm
by Egaladeist
In other news...The sale of dvd players has skyrocketed!!
:rolf6: