Volume 90 Issue 34 | pp. 30-34
Issue Date: August 20, 2012

Paper Devices Move Forward

Analytical tests to diagnose diseases and detect fake drugs are among potential applications
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Life Sciences
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Biological SCENE
Keywords: microfluidics, paper, diagnostics, low-cost

University of Notre Dame chemistry professor Marya Lieberman and graduate student Abigail Weaver spent a week in June in Eldoret, Kenya, going from office to office in a regional hospital meeting people involved with pharmaceutical purchasing.

In hospitals like the one they visited, vigilant purchasing agents have to be on the lookout for counterfeit pharmaceuticals, but they often lack appropriate equipment to assess drug authenticity. Lieberman and Weaver develop paper-based microfluidic devices . . .

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