Don’t even think about popping the bubbles in that bubble wrap; they could become future test tubes. By simply injecting liquids into the bubbles and sealing the holes with nail polish, researchers have used the tiny, air-filled pockets for experiments like growing Escherichia coli and detecting anemia and diabetes. Their work, described online this month in Analytical Chemistry, suggests that the cheap, sterile material could be used in resource-limited areas for conducting vital medical and environmental tests.
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