Don’t Pop That Bubble Wrap!

Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes

Is it time to stop idly popping sheets of bubble wrap? Scientists at both Harvard and Stanford have discovered bubble wrap makes an inexpensive alternative to glass test tubes and culture dishes. Just inject a bubble with blood and chemicals, seal the pinprick with nail polish, and you can test for anemia. Researchers also have grown worms and bacteria in the tiny sterile pockets. The discovery could be a boon to corners of the world where basic lab equipment comes at a premium.

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