Saturday, January 21, 2012

Science: Top 10 Innovations In 2011

The world of science is constantly evolving and changing, some of you may not be interested but I personally find so many of these advances extremely exciting.

A pocket microscope? Really? The invention of the microscope was innovation enough, but a microscope small enough to use in the field? Absolutely astounding. I honestly wish I knew where people get these ideas and where they find the brain power to implement their ideas!

A mini MRI that doesn't destroy your mobile or wipe your credit card strip? Genius!

PCR in a pouch? The use of PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) is innovative in itself. It's barely been around for 30 years and they've already found a way to make it smaller! Being able to amplify the piece of DNA you're looking for with the use of specific primers is brilliant. Sure it doesn't tell you whether the genes are active, but at least it's a good indication and often aids diagnosis.

Check out the other top 10 innovations in 2011 here from The Scientist

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