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UC San Diego scientists created a lab on a glove. A wearer swipes the suspected surface (here a tomato) with a thumb, rubs the thumb against the index finger (which contains electrodes), and reads the test result on a smartphone. Illustration courtesy of American Chemical Society

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UCSD Develops ‘Glove Test’ That Detects Deadly Agents

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The University of California, San Diego says it has developed a “lab on a glove” to detect sarin, VX and other deadly nerve agents. In addition to defense uses, the invention could be used in agriculture to detect a related family of organophosphate pesticides, according to the American Chemical Society. Joseph Wang, a professor of nanoengineering at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering, led a research group that published its findings recently in the journal ACS Sensors.

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