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Diagnosing a particular strain of flu is normally a complicated business, requiring high-tech equipment and days of work. In a paper to be released today in the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, researchers at Brown University describe a new biochip that promises to make that process much easier and faster.

The researchers hope to eventually design a chip that could be used by public health officials to quickly track new outbreaks, and by health-care workers in the developing world to cheaply detect drug-resistant strains of HIV and tuberculosis.

 

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