An App for That, Too

A system developed by researchers at the University of California, Davis, couples a small lens and a cell phone camera to create a camera that can discern the shapes of cells in blood, reports Technology Review's Stephen Cass. The modified camera would allow scientists in the field to take picture of blood samples, and then send the micrographs to doctors for diagnosis, Cass adds.

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