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New tech keeps tabs on your liver via cellphone

Chris Ziegler

In the scheme of things, blood alcohol-screening phones probably stand to save more lives than... uh, Glutamine Oxaloacetic Transaminase and Glutamine Pyruvic Transaminase (affectionately known as GOT and GPT) screening phones, but health tech is health tech, and we've no doubt there's someone out there who's going to benefit from this. A crack team at Korea's Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology has developed a sensor that monitors GOT and GPT -- key indicators of liver function -- and uploads key stats via phone, presumably to a hospital or other interested parties. So if you've had the exact same idea kicking around for a while, sorry to say you might as well drop it now; the patent apps are filed and the team plans to pursue commercialization in the near future.


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