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Warren Chan, right, and Kyryl Zagorovsky in their research lab in the University of Toronto.
Warren Chan, right, and Kyryl Zagorovsky in their research lab in the University of Toronto.
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Fast, cheap methods of diagnosing infectious disease? They're coming sooner than you think

How do you measure the extent of a medical advance? By the amount of cutting-edge research it involves, or the number of lives it affects?

Scientists at the University of Toronto have devised a cheap and rapid method of testing for numerous infectious diseases, that can be administered by anyone who can tell red from purple. All that’s needed is a little sachet of freeze-dried powder, some water and a drop of blood.