Today if you want to go for a blood test, it is a long and an expensive process. On an average it takes about 10-15 mL of blood drained from your body which later goes to a group of medical technicians who then analyzes it. It takes a few days and approx. $500 to get your blood results ! A new chip has arrived which can do the same things in just around 10 minutes and that too just by using only one drop of blood at a fraction of the price.
The inventors for this microfluidic chip are James Heath, a chemistry professor at Caltech, and Institute for Systems Biology founder Leroy Hood. “The chip performs the entire test, separating cells and proteins, and tagging the proteins so that they’ll light up under a microscope if anything is found. ”