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This iPhone-pow­ered HIV lab could play an im­por­tant role in di­ag­nos­ing dis­ease. “Our don­gle presents new ca­pa­bil­i­ties for a broad range of users, from health care providers to con­sumers,” Sia said. “By in­creas­ing de­tec­tion of syphilis in­fec­tions, we might be able to re­duce deaths by 10-fold. And for largescale screen­ing where the don­gle's high sen­si­tiv­ity with few false neg­a­tives is crit­i­cal, we might be able to scale up HIV test­ing at the com­mu­nity level with im­me­di­ate an­tiretro­vi­ral ther­apy that could nearly stop HIV trans­mis­sions and ap­proach elim­i­na­tion of this dev­as­tat­ing dis­ease.”

Un­for­tu­nately, it will be a few years be­fore it will go on sale. Sia said they still need to de­velop the de­vice fur­ther to in­crease its ro­bust­ness and to ob­tain ap­proval from the U.S. Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion. Of course, other coun­tries will reg­u­late the de­vice as well, though their re­view pro­cesses will take less time than the FDA's.

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