May 7, 2015 | Dominique

Everyone hates parasites, but the thought of worms in my eyes really makes me shudder. Luckily there is hope for those unlucky enough to suffer from parasitic eye worms, as a new smartphone app can detect them.

The phone is held to a lens over a blood sample and the app starts videoing. If it sees any movement, healthcare workers know that a parasite might be present. This easy-to-use device can save time and expensive lab equipment.

I hope smartphones can be adapted to detect other parasitic diseases too.

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