In MIT's Technology Review, reporter Emily Singer examines new microfluidics technology from the Woburn, Mass.-based Claros Diagnostics, which can detect prostate specific antigen levels in only 15 minutes. "If approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, the device will be one of the first examples of long-awaited microfluidics-based diagnostics tests that can be performed in the hospital or doctor's office," according to Tech Review.

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