Michelle Taylor and Alice Street >> The Wonder of Diagnostics for Neglected Tropical Diseases
Visitors to the 'Parasites: Battle for Survival' exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland will enjoy a visual spectacle of cartoon parasites and artefacts from all over the globe. Amidst the displays, they'll come across a small exhibition case containing a few items that might already feel familiar and a few that might cause some head scratching. The case contains the equipment used in diagnostic tests that reveal whether or not a parasite is hidden in your body. Requiring different sample types (pee, poo, blood and bone marrow aspirate) and costing anything from a few pennies to several pounds, the items on show exemplify what is being used in the battle against neglected tropical disease today, and what is just around the corner.