Microscopic viral DNA

Kaposi's sarcoma, a type of cancer linked to AIDS, is uncommon in the United States since antiretroviral drugs became the standard HIV treatment, but the condition remains widespread in sub-Saharan Africa 

Detecting Disease with a Smartphone

June 24, 2013

Microscopic viral DNA

Kaposi's sarcoma, a type of cancer linked to AIDS, is uncommon in the United States since antiretroviral drugs became the standard HIV treatment, but the condition remains widespread in sub-Saharan Africa. ACSF Faculty Fellow David Erickson (MAE), working with Cornell graduate student Matthew Mancuso, has developed a new smartphone-based system for on-the-spot diagnosis of the herpes virus that causes Kaposi’s.

“The accessory provides an ultraportable way to determine whether or not viral DNA is present in a sample,” Erickson explained.

Read more about David Erickson’s smartphone innovation.