NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A new consortium has been launched in Europe with the goal of developing a handheld molecular diagnostic device to test for malaria.

The Nanomal project is led by researchers at St. George's, University College London and molecular diagnostics firm QuantuMDx and has been provided with funding of €5.2 million ($6.7 million) from the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme. Other participants in the consortium include the University of Tuebingen in Germany and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.

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