HIV diagnostic kit wins European inventors prize

French neurosurgeon Alim-Louis BenabidA rapid HIV diagnostic kit for developing nations, designed by Cambridge University researcher Helen Lee, won the Popular Prize at the European Inventor Awards on Thursday. Other awards went to a ground-breaking application which reduces air pollution from diesel engines, a revolutionary treatment for Parkinson's disease and a new magnetic imaging system which promises to enable doctors to obtain instant 3D images of cancers. Chinese-born Franco-British clinical medicine expert Lee's invention was by far the most popular, garnering 64 percent of the 56,700 public votes cast online — the highest number ever received.

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