Mapping Pathways is a multi-national project to develop and nurture a research-driven, community-led global understanding of the emerging evidence base around the adoption of antiretroviral-based prevention strategies to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The evidence base is more than results from clinical trials - it must include stakeholder and community perspectives as well.

27 April 2011

In the Pipeline: Lab-on-a-Chip that Could Diagnose HIV in Minutes

Last month brought a potentially path-breaking announcement from an international team of researchers. The team has developed a self-powered blood-analysis chip (see Ivan Dimov's photograph on the left), which can process blood without the assistance of external tubing and other components. This means that it could be used to detect diseases like HIV and TB within minutes, revolutionizing the way these diseases are tested for.

The implications are exciting: The portable nature of the device would make it easy for field workers to it use for diagnosis, and the fact that it is made of plastic components means it could be manufactured in bulk at comparatively low prices.

Read more about this recent development here.

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