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New TB Test Promises To Be Cheap and Fast


May 22, 2012

gold spots that carry DNA detects gamma interferon Biomedical engineers at University of California, Davis, have developed a microfluidic chip to test for latent tuberculosis. They hope the test will be cheaper, faster and more reliable than current testing for the disease. Full Story

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