The lab-on-a-chip and other devices are being developed to perform a variety of diagnostics.

A number of research teams are developing tiny but powerful chips using nanotechnology that can perform diagnostic tests quickly and reliably. According to The Guardian, the ‘lab-on-a-chip' shrinks modern laboratory processes down onto a microchip-sized wafer of glass or plastic. Mark Morrison, CEO of the Institute of Nanotechnology in Stirling, UK, said:

With a lab-on-a-chip you can do a quick diagnostic test and get information right there, which is very useful when somebody's got a disease that's got a very short timeline to be treated. What it effectively does is miniaturises and compacts all the different processes that a researcher or a technician in the diagnostic lab uses.

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