PIO doctor develops AIDS testing app

PIO doctor develops AIDS testing app
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PIO Doctor Develops AIDS Testing App. Called Gene-Radar, the technology works by taking a drop of blood, saliva, or other bodily fluid and placing it on a nanochip that is then put into the device.

Washington: A US-based nanotechnology firm, headed by an Indian-origin scientist, claims to have created an inexpensive mobile device and app that can accurately test for AIDS in just under an hour.

Called Gene-Radar, the technology works by taking a drop of blood, saliva, or other bodily fluid and placing it on a nanochip that is then put into the device.

Dr Anita Goel, chairman and CEO of Nanobiosym, in Boston, said that their device is able to provide a “gold standard” test, which usually takes six months to yield results. In the US, a “gold standard” test takes at least two weeks to get results and can cost $200, Mashable.com reported.

“What we’ve done at Gene-Radar is take that test — that costs $200 and takes two weeks — and make it accessible. So we’ve brought it almost 50 to 100 times cheaper,” Dr Goel said. The rapid test results can also be used to track and contain disease outbreaks, she added.

“Our device could be used not only to sense who has this disease, but upload the data into a cloud, so you could monitor the disease spreading in this place,” the doctor informed.

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