/ Modified oct 12, 2010 8:03 p.m.

Lab On a Chip

Researchers are developing a “lab on a chip” where pathogens can be identified in minutes rather than days.

In the past, detecting water and foodborne contaminants usually took several days, now a new technology called"lab on a chip"can identify pathogens in minutes. (VIDEO: AZPM)

Detecting waterborne, airborne and food borne contaminants usually involves collecting a sample, sending it to a laboratory and waiting for the samples to be identified. Now researchers are developing a “lab on a chip” where pathogens can be identified in minutes rather than days. One day the device could be part of a cell phone and people could easily test samples of water and food to see whether they are safe to ingest.

‘Lab on a Chip’ Detects Human, Agricultural Contaminants - By Susan McGinley, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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