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Microfluidic Isolation of Red Cells Infected with Malaria

Hongshen Ma of the University of British Columbia in Canada will develop an inexpensive hand-held device consisting of a series of funnels of decreasing size that will separate healthy red-blood cells, which can easily squeeze through openings, from malaria-parasite infected blood cells which become more rigid. A simple integrated optical sensor would then count stained cells in these various stages to determine the state of infection and inform treatment options.

More information about Create New Tools to Accelerate the Eradication of Malaria (Round 3)

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