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Miniature Technology, Big Hope for Disease Detection

July 16, 2017

The field of medicine is always on the lookout for better disease diagnostic tools—simpler, faster, and cheaper technologies to enhance patient treatment and outcomes. Currently, microfluidic bioassay devices are the preferred diagnostic [more...]

Microfluidics for Single Cell Analysis of CTCs

July 16, 2017

In a move away from the previous belief that cell populations are homogeneous and display identical molecular characteristics, increasingly scientists are turning their attention to the study of single cells and the differences between [more...]

Reproducing a Retinal Disease on a Chip

June 24, 2017

Approximately 80% of all sensory input is received via the eyes, so suffering from chronic retinal diseases that lead to blindness causes a significant decrease in the quality of life (QOL). And because retinal diseases are most common [more...]

Instrument Development Enables Planetary Exploration

June 24, 2017

This laser-interrogated microfluidic chip (10 centimeters in diameter) is one of the new planetary instrument technologies that NASA and other space agencies are developing to search for chemical indicators of life on other worlds. In this [more...]

Sorting out HIV

June 14, 2017

Image Credit: EMBL/Merten Group Around 1% of patients with HIV – known as elite controllers – are able to survive without antiviral treatment, because their immune systems produce certain kinds of HIV-specific antibodies: proteins that [more...]

Organs-on-chips: Small Market and Gigantic Promise

June 13, 2017

Figure 1. Conceptual schematic of Human-on-a-chip (Image credit: Wikipedia) “Currently worth a few million dollars, the emerging organs-on-a-chips market has the potential to become a multi-billion dollar market”, announces Sébastien [more...]

Single Cells Lined Up Like Ducks in a Row

June 7, 2017

The new microhole chip can be populated with 200,000 single cells, each held in place in separate holes. (Credit: Fraunhofer IBMT) The higher the concentration of tumor cells in the bloodstream, the greater the risk of metastasis. The [more...]

Diagnostic Device Has Been Printed

May 31, 2017

Researchers from the product design and development department at Cambridge Consultants, a UK-based company that develops medical products, created the technology to make it happen. Using inkjet printing technology, the device is developed [more...]

Glomerulus-on-a-Chip Created from Stem Cells

May 31, 2017

Scanning electron micrograph of a human stem cell-derived matured podocyte with multiple primary and secondary processes extending in all directions on extracellular matrix-coated material. (Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University) [more...]
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