Ingenuity triumphs in the diagnosis of parasites

Scientists cobbled together a cheap glass ball lens, double-sided tape and a battery-operated torch to turn an iPhone into a microscope, according to the authors of a study demonstrating a novel way to detect intestinal parasites. 

The device identified 70% of parasite eggs detected by the gold standard, a light microscope, on slides of stool samples from 200 children in rural Tanzania.

Soil-transmitted parasites such as hookworms and roundworms stunt physical and mental development in huge numbers of children in