Volume 90 Issue 18 | p. 10 | News of The Week
Issue Date: April 30, 2012

Blood Typing Made Simple

Bioanalysis: Paper-based device spells out blood type
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Life Sciences
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Analytical SCENE
Keywords: blood typing, paper-based test

For anyone who has ever wondered what their blood type is, a new paper-based device will literally write the answer, providing an inexpensive and unambiguous way to determine blood type (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., DOI: 10.1002/anie.201201822).

The presence or absence of certain antigens on red blood cells determines a person’s blood type. Specific antibodies will react with these antigens and make the red blood cells clump. Researchers led by

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