Researchers at Sandia Labs develop device to detect Zika

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – When it comes to testing for the Zika virus, there’s an app for that thanks to researchers at Sandia National Labs.

They’ve developed a smartphone-controlled, battery-operated diagnostic device that weighs just under a pound. It can detect Zika, dengue and other infections within 30 minutes. It costs as little as $100.

Testing for the mosquito-born viruses currently requires equipment the size of a microwave in a laboratory with the patient waiting days for results, and can cost up to $20,000.

Testing on the app was done at Sandia’s facilities in Livermore, California.

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