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Storing vaccination records in your skin as an invisible tattoo

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Mr. Bill:
MIT press release, 12/28/19: Storing Medical Records Below the Skin’s Surface With Quantum Dot Dye


--- Quote ---...MIT researchers have now developed a novel way to record a patient’s vaccination history: storing the data in a pattern of dye, invisible to the naked eye, that is delivered under the skin at the same time as the vaccine.

“In areas where paper vaccination cards are often lost or do not exist at all, and electronic databases are unheard of, this technology could enable the rapid and anonymous detection of patient vaccination history to ensure that every child is vaccinated,”...

The researchers designed their dye to be delivered by a microneedle patch rather than a traditional syringe and needle. Such patches are now being developed to deliver vaccines for measles, rubella, and other diseases, and the researchers showed that their dye could be easily incorporated into these patches. ...

By selectively loading microparticles into microneedles, the patches deliver a pattern in the skin that is invisible to the naked eye but can be scanned with a smartphone that has the infrared filter removed. The patch can be customized to imprint different patterns that correspond to the type of vaccine delivered. ...
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Science Translational Medicine, 12/18/19: Biocompatible near-infrared quantum dots delivered to the skin by microneedle patches record vaccination

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