Dr. Jo-Ann Stanton and Team with their Breakthrough Handheld qPCR Device, Freedom4 (image) University of Otago Share Print E-Mail Caption A revolutionary handheld and battery-powered DNA diagnostic device invented at the University of Otago is poised to become a commonly used field tool for rapidly detecting suspected viruses or bacteria in samples while also determining the level of infection. The breakthrough device, dubbed Freedom4, takes advantage of a technology called quantitative PCR to identify target DNA sequences in real-time, without the need for further processing. Developed by Dr. Jo-Ann Stanton's multidisciplinary team at Otago's Department of Anatomy, the sturdy unit weighs the same as a typical laptop and fits on the palm of your hand. Freedom4 boasts a six-hour battery life and can be tethered to a laptop, or connect wirelessly to smart phones or tablets running custom software that analyses and interprets the test results. Credit Sharron Bennett Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.