Tuesday, August 24, 2010

$300 Microscope Reaches Developing Countries

Researchers at Rice University are developing a fluorescent microscope which can be sold for as little as $300. The microscope operates with a cheap LED light-source, rather than an expensive laser. As compared to a typical $2,000 microscope, this new development means microscopes can be affordably sent to developing countries to diagnose such diseases as tuberculosis. Prior to this development, diseases could not be easily diagnosed until symptoms were well underway.

- Clara Hill