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Aug 13 2019


IIT Kharagpur Researchers Develop Low-Cost Blood Test Device

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Researchers from IIT Kharagpur have developed a low-cost diagnostic device which can perform various pathological tests by using blood taken from a finger prick.The device requires only a paper strip based kit integrated with a smartphone to enable analytics and readout functions and an LED light for imaging, an IIT KGP statement said on Tuesday.The key aspect of the kit, developed by a research team led by Professor Suman Chakraborty, is operational simplicity and extremely low running cost, it said.

 

 

 

While under laboratory conditions each test would cost Re 1 or even less, the cost is expected to marginally vary in case of commercialisation of the product, the statement said.On the operational front, the device requires a single drop of blood and a drop of reagent (a substance used to cause a chemical reaction) on the paper-based reaction chamber.

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