Powerful new diagnostic method for identifying disease organisms

Still from magnetophoresis animation Paging Dr. McCoy: a technique that uses a magnetic field to selectively separate tiny magnetic particles, developed at Purdue and Duke universities, could be used to diagnose the presence of many diseases in a single sample within minutes, with a sensitivity up to a million times higher than current methods. (Via Science Daily.)

View an animation of the process, called non-linear magnetophoretic separation, here. (The image above is a still from this animation.)

(Image: Purdue University via Science Daily.)

[tags]medicine, technology, disease[/tags]