Monday, 9 April 2007

A Star Trek tricorder for modern dentists?

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Okay, so here's some cool technology: a hand held device that can assess dental disease in mere minutes. With just a drop or two of your saliva, the handy gadget can analyze proteins and chemistry to not only determine if you have periodontal disease but also how severe the case is. The researchers are hopeful that in the future this technology can be used to help with identifying other diseases, like prostate and breast cancer.

The article compares it to a Star Trek tricorder, but I don't remember the tricorder needing spit samples.

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