Test uses single drop of dried blood to detect disease

11/22/2011 | MedGadget.com

Researchers at King's College London have developed a test that uses mass spectrometry to detect various diseases from a single spot of dried blood. The test was developed for the diagnosis of sickle cell disease and inherited metabolic disease in newborns, but has been improved to detect diabetes, kidney disease and heart disease as well. King's College London has launched a spinoff company called SpOtOn Clinical Diagnostics for the distribution of the test to other clinical laboratories.

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