Issue Date: Dec 15, 2011
How does the device work?
Gene-Z is based on the technology used to identify cancer markers in the body. It has a microfluidic chip and a device to carry out and visualise the reaction, and is operated by an iPod Touch or Andriod-based tablet. The pathogen is swabbed off the plant tissue and placed on the chip. It is then inserted into the device, which performs genetic analysis and identifies the pathogen and extent of the disease. Some pathogens, however, require to be processed before they can be tested by Gene-Z.