The researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles have recently developed a new ultra-zoom solution that lets scientists see, as well as measure strands of DNA with the Lumia 1020. The tool which can be attached to the device comes with a high-resolution microscope that allows users to see ultra-tiny objects. Here’s a little bit more info on the tool:
“The device is intended for use in remote laboratory settings to diagnose various types of cancers and nervous system disorders, such as Alzheimer’s, as well as detect drug resistance in infectious diseases. To use the camera it is necessary to first isolate and label the desired DNA with fluorescent tags.Ozcan says such laboratory procedures are possible even in remote locations and resource-limited settings.To scan the DNA, the group developed a computational interface and Windows smart application running on the same smart phone. The scanned information is then sent to a remote server in Ozcan’s laboratory, which measures the length of the DNA molecules. Assuming you have a reliable data connection, the entire data processing takes less than 10 seconds.”
This tool looks very powerful – and the superb camera of the Lumia 1020 probably helped researchers make this type of tools. What do you think of the tool? Discuss in the comment section below!