New device detects malaria sooner to aid recovery, stop spread


Today’s Video of the Day comes from the University of Southern California (USC) and features a look at a new portable device that can help detect malaria more quickly in low-resource areas.

Developed by a team of researchers from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, the portable optical diagnostics system (PODS) prototype could ultimately help stop the spread of malaria and speed up recovery time for those already infected.

The device can analyze a blood sample in only 10 to 15 minutes using a laser, a light detector, and a magnet.

By Rory Arnold, Staff Writer

Video Credit: Georgina Cahill for the USC Viterbi School of Engineering

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