A Michigan State University team has published a paper demonstrating the use of an iPod Touch to operate a handheld, isothermal amplification-based genetic testing platform.

The team said that the advance represents a significant step toward truly inexpensive and compact tools for point-of-care genetic testing.

In September, Syed Hashsham, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and microbial ecology at MSU, discussed details of his team's testing platform with PCR Insider.

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