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Nigerian Creates Device That Can Detect Explosives And Cancer Cells | The Precision

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*Osh Agabi created a device that he says can be used to detect the smell of explosives and even cancer cells
A
Nigerian start-up founder has created a device that he says can be used
to detect the smell of explosives and even cancer cells.

The device, called Koniku Kore, is the first to fuse live neurons from mice stem cells into a silicon chip. 
 
Oshi
Agabi said: “We merged synthetic neurobiology with traditional silicon
technology with the goal of fixing urgent real world problems.”
 

Silicon Valley-based Agabi unveiled his invention at TEDGlobal
conference in Tanzania on Sunday and says it could one day revolutionize
airport security, enabling travelers “to walk from their car to the
aircraft.” 

 
“One of the problems that plagues us right now is security,” he tells CNN. 
 
“Explosives
have particles and smells coming off the individual and with our device
you can tell, without requiring line of sight or contact, you can scan
them at the time at a place of your own choosing and you can get into an
aircraft and go about your business.”
The invention could also be used to sniff out illnesses in the same way dogs can detect cancerous cells via smells. 
 

“In the same way that a dog is able to detect if someone has prostate
cancer, the real question we ask is ‘how does a dog do it?’ We can clone
that process on our chip, so yes in the same way that a dog can detect
diseases or explosives at an airport, it’s a sensory system, that is
essentially what we recreate in our chip,” Agabi says. 

 

Koniku, which means ‘immortal’ in the Nigerian Yoruba language, started
in 2015 and has already raised $8 million in revenue, according to the
founder Agabi.

 
“We believe quite
strongly that it’s going to be run with biological brains that are made
with synthetic biological neurons. That is the declared intention of
our company: to build a brain.”
Addressing
ethical concerns and implications of creating humanoid devices, Agabi
says: “I think it’s unethical not to deploy any resources we have to
fight terrorism. It is the urgent problem that we face as a species.”
 
“That’s not to say that we shouldn’t be careful of bio-integrity,” he adds.
 

A self-described “scrawny, nerdy kid,” Agabi grew up in the suburb of
Surulere in Lagos, Nigeria and obtained a Bachelors degree in Physics
from University of Lagos.

 
He went on to do further studies in physics and neuroscience in Sweden and Switzerland.
 

“One of the things growing up in Lagos imparts in you is grit,” he
says. “Lagos is a place that demands grit. Growing up there gave me an
unconventional way of always looking at problems.”

 
Source: CNN

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