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A 10-Cent Blood-Type Test

Tue, 06/08/2010 - 8:37pm
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Researchers at an Australian university have developed the first dipstick-type test to determine blood type. The test involves putting a drop of blood onto a thin piece of paper that has been specially printed with antibodies; as the blood seeps into different parts of the paper, the blood type is revealed. The researchers say the test, which costs pennies, could improve medical treatments in the developing world.

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