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Danish scientists succeed where Theranos fraudster failed

A number of researchers from two Danish universities have beaten convicted fraudster Elizabeth Holmes at her own game, as they’ve found a way to diagnose diseases using nothing more than a drop of blood.

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Elizabeth Holmes said all it took was a few drops of blood to unveil various ailments of the body. She lied, and was convicted of fraud, but now someone else has taken her up her life’s work to show that perhaps it actually is possible.

According to Danish science media Videnskab.dk, a number of researchers from the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) and Odense University Hospital have succeeded where Holmes could not. A single drop of blood and a regular lab -- much larger than the ”mini lab” promised by Holmes’s firm Theranos -- was enough to reveal some health conditions of participants.

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