A microscope made of paper? Stanford biophysicist demos ‘Foldscope’

At the Stanford School of Medicine's annual Health Matters conference, Manu Prakash showcased the Foldscope, a microscope that costs less than a dollar and has a resolution of 700 nanometers.

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Stanford University’s School of Medicine hosted its annual Health Matters conference at the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge on Saturday, May 10. Health Matters is a free community event focused on health innovations.

This year’s event featured demonstrations by local health innovators, including Manu Prakash, a biophysicist and assistant professor at the School of Medicine, whose primary focus is developing cheap and efficient laboratories. Prakash has received national recognition for his Foldscope, a microscope made of paper. The microscope costs less than a dollar and has a resolution of 700 nanometers.

Prakash emphasized the Foldscope’s versatility and affordability as key components of its design.

“Every child should have a microscope,” Prakash said.

 

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