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Cell Phone Microscope Spots Tuberculosis Bacteria

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Cell Phone Microscope Spots Tuberculosis Bacteria

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Cell Phone Microscope Spots Tuberculosis Bacteria

Cell Phone Microscope Spots Tuberculosis Bacteria

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Reporting in the journal PLoS ONE, scientists describe how to convert a camera-enabled cell phone into a fluorescent microscope capable of detecting and counting tuberculosis bacteria in a saliva sample. Bioengineer Daniel Fletcher discusses the technology's potential.

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