Way to go, STMicro and Veredus Laboratories. Based on ST's In-Check technology, an application is underway to identify whether a patient has avian flu--in a single test within an hour. Currently, a series of tests is now required.
The processing and analysis of an extremely small sample is performed on a single disposable chip. Results are received by a portable reader using optical signals and processed by ST software.
The only downside is that it won't be in the hands of the medical community until fall. Kudos to both companies for teaming to take on the challenge--this is a great example of the best possible workings of the high-tech industry.