This $2 Gadget Accurately Tests For the Zika Virus

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Jul 6, 2016
References: news.upenn.edu & gizmag
A group of scientists and engineers working out of the University of Pennsylvania have developed an extraordinarily innovative and high-tech, fully electricity-free diagnostic device that is designed to make it easier than to carry out supremely accurate and rapid diagnosis of the Zika virus in a short amount of time.

This diagnostic device makes use of a novel new test that seeks out genetic material from the Zika virus to confirm its presence. This represents a significant improvement over previous methods that depended on antibody detection, as that particular method can lead to false results.

The gadget uses a special heated up to allow for temperature control without the need for electricity. Its biggest advantage is that it costs only $2 to produce, making it possible to leverage its high-tech gifts to save lives.