The world’s first semiconductor-based biosensor reader that can detect cancer has been developed by a Korean research institute.

A semiconductor incorporated into the equipment can discover whether or not the users have cancer or are likely to have cancer by putting a few blood drops on the reader, according to the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI).

The semiconductor biosensor reader can also be used at home for medical tests.

The device will be commercialised after two years, the ETRI said.