Coming soon - Q-Poc: the handheld lab
Q-Poc is a diagnostic DNA analyzer the size of a smartphone. Handheld and run on a solar-powered battery or wind-up device, Q-Poc is designed to read biological samples submitted via a credit card-size cartridge. It can work with a range of sample types. Swabs can be used to detect sexually-transmitted infections, while sputum is used to detect tuberculosis.
Q-Poc differs from most conventional point-of-care diagnostic tools in that it analyses the DNA of pathogens rather than the proteins within the sample. The device depends on microfluidic technology , which essentially allows fluids to pass through different microscopic channels of different diameters.