Saturday, December 12, 2009

Tech Poster Project!

I chose to do my research and project on the Verigene Testing System developed by Nanosphere. This is the first hand-held and portable gene-testing device. I learned alot about this device and its implications. This new testing device is much faster than the machine it replaces. It takes a couple hours versus a couple days that the old tech took. My two main sources were:

Tech Review

Popular Science

This device revolutionizes the interpersonal contact and communication between the patient and the doctor. The Verigene device can pin-point specific medications that will work, and won't work based on the information gained by the testing device. This is could be used over seas in the military to diagnose diseases picked up by soldiers. The information could be present and ready by the time they are put into a hospital.
Related Articles:
Legislatures attempting to get insurance companies to widely cover genetic-tests:

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

"Becoming One with the Computer"

In lab today we discussed the modern technologies, including incorporating machines and computers into the human body. We also discussed when the definiton of a human changes as these technologies are used. "Research still needs to be done but, it is also possible to cure memory problems and Alzheimer's disease," (Naam 2006). These types of technologies also have great potential, but could be used to control people if it falls into the wrong hands. I believe that as long as these technologies are used to help people with disabilities that they are perfectly fine. There has been a study at South Hampton University where they are further developing a computer that allows people to speak through their thoughts.

Link to South Hampton Article: