The X Prize Foundation wants to entice scientists to start making medical diagnostics really small and portable. Last week it announced the 10 finalists for the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize challenge, all of whom are trying to devise a mobile consumer device that can diagnose 16 medical conditions and monitor five vital signs.

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