HIV and other blood analysis testing is traditionally performed on machines that cost around $30,000, but the Eritrean led team’s new DVD analysis tool could be produced for less than $200.
Professor Russom and a team of scientists from the School of Biotechnology at KTH in Stockholm modified a DVD player to perform blood tests, including a check for HIV.
The scientist and his research team converted a commercial DVD drive into a laser scanning microscope that can analyse blood and perform cellular imaging with one-micrometre resolution.
The breakthrough creates the possibility of an inexpensive and simple-to-use tool that could have far-reaching benefits in health care in developing countries such as Eritrea. Continue reading Eritrean Invent Lab-on-DVD Technology