Spartan Bioscience looks to fit DNA analysis in the palm of your hand

Article via CTV News -It may sound like something from a science-fiction film, but a Canadian inventor believes he has made a device which could eventually allow patients to test for infections and illnesses from home.

Dr. Paul Lem, who created the Spartan Cube, founded the firm Spartan Bioscience in 2005 along with his brother John and Dr. Jamie Spiegelman in an attempt to make the invention a reality.
The cube operates as a miniature DNA analyzer that is roughly the size of a small coffee cup and can fit in the palm of your hand.

A cheek swab is inserted into a cartridge at the top of the cube. The cube’s internal hardware breaks open the cells found on the swab, releasing the DNA, making billions of copies and hitting them with a fluorescent light to analyze the sample and determine if the user is suffering from a disease or an infection.

The test results are sent to a tablet or laptop for doctors or patients to read in mere minutes.

“I think this is really going to change the way we treat our patients,” said Spiegelman. “Tests like this are really the future of medicine.”

Lem said part of his training in medical school involved running a lab, which brought him into contact with DNA analyzers.

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Posted by Melissa Durrell on October 11, 2016


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