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March 2, 1963


JAMA. 1963;183(9):29-46. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700090005002

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A small grey box which may be useful in analyzing biological fluids and extracts from biological materials has been announced and demonstrated by the US Air Force school of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks Air Force base, San Antonio, Texas.

Among the prospective uses of the Biotelescanner are:

  • Preventive epidemiology on earth.

  • Detection of changes in immune status and homeostatic balance in teams of orbiting astronauts.

  • Identification of extraterrestrial specimens in the biological exploration of satellites and planets.

The Biotelescanner was demonstrated at the recent Lectures in Aerospace Medicine by its developer, William G. Glenn, PhD, research immunobiologist in the astrobiology branch of the school of Aerospace Medicine.

The Biotelescanner itself is relatively uncomplicated. It weighs about 12 pounds, has its own power supply and is the size of a bedside radio. One of its basic purposes is to relieve the field researcher or astronaut of having to carry with him

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