Genetic testing? We’ve got an app for that

Genetic testing? We’ve got an app for that – US scientists have developed a device dubbed Gene-Z for point-of-care genetic testing using a smartphone interface that has realistic commercial potential. The device, made by Robert Stedtfeld at Michigan State University and colleagues, is cheap, with an estimated manufacture cost of less than $350. It's small, about the size of a tablet computer, and weighs less than a bag of sugar. And, you can operate it via an app on a smartphone. Reference: R D Stedtfeld et al, Lab Chip, 2012, DOI: 10.1039/c2lc21226a

Genetic testing? We’ve got an app for that – US scientists have developed a device dubbed Gene-Z for point-of-care genetic testing using a smartphone interface that has realistic commercial potential. The device, made by Robert Stedtfeld at Michigan State University and colleagues, is cheap, with an estimated manufacture cost of less than $350. It's small, about the size of a tablet computer, and weighs less than a bag of sugar. And, you can operate it via an app on a smartphone. Reference: R D Stedtfeld et al, Lab Chip, 2012, DOI: 10.1039/c2lc21226a

Author: Robert Slinn

Robert Slinn is ChemSpy's guest columnist. You can read his chemical news updates under the banner "Slinn Pickings". Robert is a Chartered Chemist (CChem), Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC) and is a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Liverpool. He has extensive experience in R&D: synthesis, analysis and analytical methods development; troubleshooting, consultancy, and teaching/training methods in industry and in academia. Robert is also 'Physical Methods' author for the Specialist Periodical Report series 'Organophosphorus Chemistry', published by Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK. Robert has worked alongside David on the Bedside Book of Chemistry and a major Thomson-Reuters report on the state of the pharmaceutical industry for the 2011 International Year of Chemistry