Description In this image, nanofibers coat magnetic beads. These spiny beads are used to detect and diagnose malaria. This nest of nanofibers has a larger surface area than a plain bead has on its own, which creates many more binding sites for malaria proteins. More sites mean a more efficient and sensitive diagnostic test. Faster and more accurate diagnoses can give patients a better chance for recovery. Portable diagnostics like this malaria test are especially important in developing nations, where access to clinics is often limited. These devices can be used remotely and return results rapidly wherever the patient is located, reducing the time and cost needed for diagnosis and, hopefully, helping more people get the treatment they need.
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