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Laser ‘Smells’ Diseases via Breath Analysis

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AUTUM C. PYLANT, NEWS EDITOR, [email protected]

A noninvasive laser that can “smell” could make diagnosing diseases easier. University of Adelaide researchers in Australia have created a laser that can differentiate between gases within a sample. The new device could be used for environmental monitoring and detecting industrial contamination, and also to diagnose disease by “smelling” a person’s breath. The device exploits a Nobel Prize-winning technology developed by U.S. and German scientists: an optical-frequency comb. The FC1500 frequency comb from Menlo Systems GmbH generates millions of different...Read full article

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