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How a 50-Cent Paper Microscope Could Save Millions of Lives

Amanda Y. Fung

Imagine if clinics in developing countries were equipped with an inexpensive yet durable tool that could help medical personnel identify and diagnose a variety of deadly diseases like Malaria, Chagas disease, or Leishmaniosis. Stanford professor Manu Prakash and his students have developed a virtually indestructible, super cheap, paper microscope and it may just be the ticket to saving a few millions lives.

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