Not your typical cute iPhone app. E. coli bacteria, often the cause of food poisoning, can make you very sick–and even kill you. Now a peer-reviewed study in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s journal Analyst details the use of the UCLA-developed Ozcan microscope [TA 21 May 11] attached to a cell phone in the detection of E. coli. It functions as a fluorescent microscope (using inexpensive LEDs) which measures the amount of emitted light from each capillary (for samples) after the bacteria particles are captured. RSC abstract. UCLA engineers create cell phone-based sensor (Examiner.com) FierceMobileHealthcare article In December 2011, the Ozcan microscope and its LUCAS technology was awarded ‘best invention of 2010’ by The Scientist.