Researcher monitors antibiotic resistance using a smartphone

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Researchers from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland, have developed a highly efficient method for rapid testing the sensitivity of bacteria to antibiotics. The technique, optical nanomotion detection (ONMD), is extremely fast, precise to a single cell and requires only a traditional microscope equipped with a camera or a mobile phone. "Our technique is not only faster but also simpler and much cheaper than all other existing techniques," says VUB professor Ronnie Willaert.
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