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Research team develops portable iPhone-powered lab that can detect cancer with 99% accuracy
It's no secret that Apple has ambitious plans for iPhone and Apple Watch in the health industry, but it's not the only company looking for ways to integrate smartphones in the medical field. Recently, a research team from Washington State University, under the leadership of assistant professor Lei Li, developed a portable laboratory that's powered by a smartphone and capable of detecting cancer nearly instantly…Announced on Washington State University's website, the laboratory is able analyze up to eight different samples at once, giving it unprecedented accuracy.Li says that the portable laboratory is able to detect human interleukin-6 (IL-6), a known biomarker for lung, prostate, liver, breast and epithelial cancers. It works with a spectrometer analyzing the amount and type of chemicals in a sample by measuring the light spectrum.Li's spectrometer could have a huge impact on cancer detection and research around the world. In addition to being useful at hospitals and clinics in the United States, the lab is portable enough that it can be used around the world in areas where accurate cancer detection is hard to come by.
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