Australian researchers hope low-cost saliva test will replace current needle-based test for diabetes sufferers.foto: Matt Chesin
Australian researchers hope low-cost saliva test will replace current needle-based test for diabetes sufferers.
Researchers in Australia have developed a cheap saliva test that can replace the current blood test and test the blood sugar in diabetics, writes Al Jazeera. A strip on the tongue should be able to measure glucose levels via the analysis of saliva.
Normally, diabetics have to stick a needle in their finger and place the blood on a test strip several times a day, to keep track of their blood sugar. Many therefore take fewer samples than they should to avoid the process.
Now a painless and inexpensive test can be available for diabetics, according to physics professor Paul Dastoor, who was responsible for developing the saliva test.
The project secured A$6.3 million ($4.7m) in funding from the Australian government to establish a facility to produce the test kits should clinical trials be passed.
Dastoor says the technology could also be transferred to COVID-19 testing and allergen, hormone and cancer testing.