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Smartphones that can detect food allergens

Smartphone Cradle, App Detect Toxins, Bacteria, Food Allergens

Afraid there may be peanuts or other allergens hiding in that cookie? Thanks to a cradle and app that turn your smartphone into a handheld biosensor, you may soon be able to run on-the-spot tests for food safety, environmental toxins, medical diagnostics and more.

The handheld biosensor was developed by researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. A series of lenses and filters in the cradle mirror those found in larger, more expensive laboratory devices. Together, the cradle and app transform a smartphone into a tool that can identify food allergens for food safety. The cradle and app can also detect toxins, bacteria, and spot water contamination.

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