Turning Cancer Diagnosis Handy: DNA Sequences Detecting Mobile Microscope

Mobile microscope sequencing banner imageMutation analysis in cancer diagnosis is has always been bound to laboratory with resourceful environments. But with advance research we can use mobile phone as imaging device to record DNA sequencing reactions.

The camera doubles as mobile microscope to detect fluorescent products in cells for DNA sequencing reactions. The microscope is two battery-powered lasers for the detection of different fluorophores and a white LED for bright-field imaging. The combined lens and an provide about 2.6× magnification. This can be used to detect what kind of cancer a patient has without hindering cost issues. This technology brings targeted sequencing of tumor samples to all hands at lowered costs. The technology enables presenting remote data to experts and feedback from experts back to users in real-time. It could also be used in diagnosis of tuberculosis. This platform could also be used during viral outbreak. Using mobile microscope to analyze sequences make advanced diagnostic facilities available to commoner without resorting to major hospitals or labs.

However the technology is still in research and testing phase and feasibility of the same has to be seen in real-world situations. Also since it isn’t a standalone device its success is also dependent on availability of additional laboratory equipment. Mutation analysis requires well-trained lab technician to prepare the samples.

Ongoing work aims to make this technology more cost-active and easier to go without much assistance or training.