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Children’s Whirligig Toy Inspires a Low-Cost Laboratory Test

Scientists have found the inspiration for a lifesaving tool in an unusual place — a children’s toy. The invention may soon help health care workers diagnose malaria in places where standard laboratory equipment is hard to find. Diagnosing malaria in the field isn’t all that difficult, but you need a device called a centrifuge that can spin a blood sample very quickly, causing different types of cells in blood to separate from each other.

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Finding inspiration everywhere! -Emily