Green light for tricorder to help docs
UK scientists have been given a £3m Government grant to develop a real-life version of the Star Trek "tricorder" used by starship doctor Leonard McCoy to check the crew's health.
Over a period of four years, the team hopes to build a hand-held device that can diagnose a multitude of conditions.
The "multicorder" will house a selection of custom-made sensors designed to detect around 100 markers in blood or saliva.
Project leader Professor David Cumming, from the University of Glasgow's School of Engineering, said: "What we're hoping is that we'll be able to replicate the capabilities of a whole lab in a single handheld device, making it much easier for doctors, paramedics and other medical professionals to make effective diagnoses."