iPhone Microscope Lens

Last Update: June 16, 2014

Since the 17th century discovery of Dutch tradesman Leeuwenhoek, microscopes have revolutionized the scientific understanding of infectious disease and public health. For parasite-caused disease, malaria for example, microscopy remains the diagnostic tool of choice, providing a great deal of information about infectious organism, stage of disease, and monitoring through parasite density (1). While microscopy is critical to providing essential healthcare, universal access is still a far-off goal due to the prohibitive cost and portability of microscopes in many parts of the world.