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Outside the Lab Technology and innovation, Point of care testing

On the Spot Diagnosis

Reality always surpasses fiction. Take, for example, the cult science fiction movie “Gattaca.” In the film, the police identified citizens using instant genetic analysis on a mobile device. No one would have believed that it could actually happen. Years later, the fiction is turning into reality thanks to the latest advances in point-of-care (POC) devices, nanobiosensors, microfluidics, lab-on-chip and cellphone technologies. The idea of using your own smartphone as an instantaneous diagnostic device by just adding a few drops of your blood, saliva, urine or tears onto a biochip, is getting closer to reality every day – and it is a concept I find fascinating.

Such is their utility that POC technologies are applicable across a broad range of healthcare contexts – from preventive medicine to advanced personalized and precision medicine. Importantly, they open a window of hope for economically disadvantaged countries and low-resource environments, where most of the population does not have access to hospitals or clinical labs (but they have a cell phone).

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About the Author

Laura Lechuga

Laura Lechuga is Professor, Nanobiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications Group, Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), Barcelona, Spain.

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