From inspecting the far reaches of cornfields to delivering your latest electronics, researchers and businesses seem to be finding new uses for drones every day.
And now, medical science has taken flight with the use of what are known officially as “unmanned aerial systems.”
Researchers in the United States and in Uganda looked into the feasibility of using a drone to transport diagnostic lab specimens from remote areas to laboratories for testing.
They collected blood samples, then packed half of them and flew them in drones under normal flight conditions, including rough takeoffs and landings.
They then took all the samples to a laboratory for testing. The result: There was no appreciable difference between the samples that had been airborne and those that had not.