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Foldscope: Paper Based "Use-and-Throw" Field Microscopes

Manu Prakash and a team at Stanford University in the U.S. will field test their origami-based paper microscopes designed for disease diagnostics. These lightweight print-and-fold "Foldscopes" can be packed in a flat configuration, assembled in minutes, have no mechanical moving parts, and can be incinerated if required. Testing the device in India, Thailand, and Uganda will allow user feedback to help refine the design for future scale-up.

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