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Turkish scientist develops microchip for fast HIV diagnosis

ANTALYA – Anatolia News Agency | 8/4/2011 12:00:00 AM |

Cheap, portable and easy-to-use medical tests developed by a Turkish scientist will be marketed in the coming years.

Cheap, portable and easy-to-use medical tests developed by a Turkish scientist in laboratories at the Harvard Medical School and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology will be marketed in the coming years.

Prof. Utkan Demirci of Medicine and Health Sciences and Technology developed a number of micro-devices including a microchip that can diagnose HIV/AIDS within minutes.

34-year-old scientist and his 40-member team at the Harvard Medical School Brigham & Women's Hospital apply nano and microscale technologies to manipulate cells in nanoliter volumes to enable solutions to real world problems in medicine, including applications in infectious disease diagnostics and monitoring cell encapsulation and assembly for cryobiology and tissue engineering.

Demirci further developed the microchip he invented in 2006 to diagnose AIDS and tested it on 115 patients in Tanzania in 2010. Results of the tests were published.

Another microchip developed by Demirci and his team enables patients to determine their sperm count and quality in 30 minutes.

Demirci's scientific work has been recognized by numerous national and international awards.

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