The University of California, Los Angeles on the basis of nearly four years cameraphone Lumia 1020 has created a portable microscope for DNA researchers. It allows analysis far beyond the laboratory.
Announced in 2013 the smartphone Nokia Lumia 1020 was equipped with one of the best cameras on the market with a record resolution of 41 megapixels, optical stabilization and xenon flash. Manufacturers have long finished the race megapixels, but the development of the Finnish brand is still early to throw in the dustbin of history. The University of California, Los Angeles-based camera-phone has created a portable microscope for DNA researchers. It allows analysis far beyond the laboratory.
How they did it
For the first time, this invention became known in 2015, but then the Nokia Lumia 1020 was mentioned just as a smartphone on Windows Phone. Scientists printed on a 3D printer opto-mechanical basis of the microscope, and its Central element was the camera of the gadget. The analysis is carried out on the fluorescence method. Two laser diode cause the DNA molecules to emit light, and the light uses bright white led.
Lumia 1020 has turned into a microscope
Utilizing machine learning algorithms, using such a microscope can diagnose cancer. For example, the authors successfully investigated the tumor of the colon. The scanner is compared with the tricorder of “Star trek”, by which the characters of the series could remotely make a diagnosis.
There are analogues?
Google is working on a similar device in 2013, but during all this time the search giant has not shown a single prototype. The ISS is used with a portable analyzer Oxford Nanopore $500, although experts have doubts about the accuracy of its measurements. Does the new microscope with the mobile cameras of lower resolution, scientists are not reported.