A folding paper microscope has been developed that costs less than a dollar to make and can be printed onto a sheet of paper which is then folded and combined with a few extra components in less than 10 minutes, to provide a magnification close to 2,000x.
The innovative folding paper microscope has been developed Stanford bioengineer Manu Prakash and colleagues to provide a cheap medical screening tool that can be used in developing nations.
“I wanted to make the best possible disease-detection instrument that we could almost distribute for free,” said Prakash. “What came out of this project is what we call use-and-throw microscopy.”
However because the folding paper microscopes can be printed by the thousand they can also be used for education and field research explained development team.Watch the video below to learn more about this very unique paper microscope design from its creator.
“Depending on the lens, the scope can provide up to 2,000X magnification, enough to see the parasites that cause malaria and other diseases. An individual scope can be made in different configurations for different purposes. Using certain colored LEDs for example, turns it into a fluorescent microscope capable of visualizing specific proteins or other biomolecules labeled with fluorescent dyes”
For more information on the new paper microscope jump over to the Arxiv website for details.
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