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Gone are the days when a cell phone could just be a cell phone -- and for MacGyver-minded scientists, that could be a very good thing. In this article, the New York Times reports on a project from UCLA's Aydogan Ozcan, who has figured out how to convert cell phones into microscopes using "about $10 worth of off-the-shelf hardware." The story adds, "The adapted phones may be used for screening in places far from hospitals, technicians or diagnostic laboratories."

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