Illustration for article titled DIY Egg Beater Centrifuge Can Save Lives

Apparently, egg beaters are more than just a tool for making tasty omelets—these cheap contraptions can also be used as a quick and dirty centrifuge in developing countries. According to the Royal Society of Chemistry, taping a bit of plastic tubing to the end of a standard egg beater and a little elbow grease is all that is needed to separate plasma from blood. According to George Whitesides and colleagues at Harvard University, the plasma obtained in the procedure is perfectly fine for conducting tests for diseases like Hepatitis B and cysticercosis. I can't believe it took chemists and Harvard-educated doctors all this time to figure that out. [Eurekalert via Crunchgear]


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