Microfluidic diagnostic technologies for global public health

Nature. 2006 Jul 27;442(7101):412-8. doi: 10.1038/nature05064.


The developing world does not have access to many of the best medical diagnostic technologies; they were designed for air-conditioned laboratories, refrigerated storage of chemicals, a constant supply of calibrators and reagents, stable electrical power, highly trained personnel and rapid transportation of samples. Microfluidic systems allow miniaturization and integration of complex functions, which could move sophisticated diagnostic tools out of the developed-world laboratory. These systems must be inexpensive, but also accurate, reliable, rugged and well suited to the medical and social contexts of the developing world.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Developing Countries / economics
  • Diagnostic Tests, Routine / economics
  • Diagnostic Tests, Routine / instrumentation
  • Diagnostic Tests, Routine / methods*
  • Humans
  • Internationality*
  • Microfluidics / economics
  • Microfluidics / instrumentation
  • Microfluidics / methods*
  • Public Health / methods*
  • Public Health / trends