The prevalence and portability of smartphones in society have become a powerful tool in diagnosing and tracking deadly diseases, and the COVID 19 pandemic has highlighted the usage and capabilities that smartphones can have in preventing and researching diseases. Dr. Jeong-Yeol Yoon is a biomedical engineer at the University of Arizona who was featured in Nature Journal's article discussing his work with smartphones in detecting deadly diseases. He was quoted in the article stating that “We duplicated the bench-top fluorescence microscope, which can easily be US $50,000, for less than $40.” Dr. Jeong-Yeol Yoon's statement implies that his research has allowed smartphone-based diagnostics to match expensive and slow lab equipment with fast and accurate results. His work has allowed for smartphones integrated with a few off-the-shelf microscope components and a mobile app to be able to detect the Norovirus. Dr. Jeong-Yeol Yoon is currently setting up clinical trials for both norovirus and COVID-19 versions of the test.
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