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iPhone intestinal worms

Post by johnlbee » Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:31 am

I apologise in advance to star gazers for the intestinal worms mental image. But thought this was an interesting mcgyvering of an iPhone.
SCIENTISTS used an iPhone and a camera lens to diagnose intestinal worms in rural Tanzania, a breakthrough that could help doctors treat patients infected with the parasites, a study said on Tuesday.

Research published by the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene showed that it is possible to fashion a low-cost field microscope using an iPhone, double-sided tape, a flashlight, ordinary laboratory slides and an $8 cameral lens.

The researchers used their cobbled-together microscope to successfully determine the presence of eggs from hookworm and other parasites in the stool of infected children
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/br ... 6596062913

I have heard it said that it is poor etiquette to answer the phone while on the toilet. But this story is telling me that it is just science waiting to happen!