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Microfluidic Stimulations Help Control Growth of Neurons

Microfluidic Stimulations Help Control Growth of Neurons

A University of Texas at Arlington team exploring how neuron growth can be controlled in the lab and, possibly, in the human body has published a new paper in Nature Scientific Reports on how fluid flow could play a significant role. [More]
CTC-iChip Microfluidic System Separates Cancer Cells Circulating in Blood

CTC-iChip Microfluidic System Separates Cancer Cells Circulating in Blood

A team of bioengineers, molecular biologists, and clinicians used a novel rare cell-sorter to isolate breast cancer cells from the blood of patients, with the aim of identifying the most effective drugs to treat each individual tumor. Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) were isolated and grown in the laboratory for extensive genetic analysis, which enabled the identification and testing of the most effective cancer-killing drugs for those tumors. [More]
Lunaphore Wins PERL Prize for Microfluidic System to Detect Cancer

Lunaphore Wins PERL Prize for Microfluidic System to Detect Cancer

Last night the start-up Lunaphore, which is developing a rapid and precise system for cancer detection, won the PERL Prize (Entrepreneurial Prize for the Lausanne region). Awarding 50,000 Swiss francs to the winner, the prize is intended for innovative start-ups in the region. Another start-up from campus, G-Therapeutics, won the "coup de coeur du jury," receiveing 10,000 Swiss francs. [More]
NIH Awards $5.8 Million for Development of Microfluidic, 3D Human Liver Model

NIH Awards $5.8 Million for Development of Microfluidic, 3D Human Liver Model

With a new $5.8 million, three-year award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine will further develop a state-of-the-art, microfluidic 3D model system that mimics structure and function of the liver to better predict organ physiology, assess drug toxicity and build disease models. [More]
3-D Microfluidic System Built with LEGO-Like Modular Components

3-D Microfluidic System Built with LEGO-Like Modular Components

Thanks to new LEGO®-like components developed by researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, it is now possible to build a 3-D microfluidic system quickly and cheaply by simply snapping together small modules by hand. [More]
Researchers Create Gel of Encapsulated Glucose Oxidase

Researchers Create Gel of Encapsulated Glucose Oxidase

Transforming substances from liquids into gels plays an important role across many industries, including cosmetics, medicine, and energy. But the transformation process, called gelation, where manufacturers add chemical thickeners and either heat or cool the fluids to make them more viscous or elastic, is expensive and energy demanding. [More]
Dolomite Debuts Microfluidic Temperature Controller at Lab-on-a-Chip & Microarray World Congress

Dolomite Debuts Microfluidic Temperature Controller at Lab-on-a-Chip & Microarray World Congress

Microfluidics specialist Dolomite will be launching the Meros TCU-100 at this year’s Lab-on-a-Chip & Microarray World Congress in San Diego, USA, from the 18th to the 19th September. [More]
Microfluidic Device Helps Convert Chaotic Waveform into Stable Helical Form

Microfluidic Device Helps Convert Chaotic Waveform into Stable Helical Form

Industrial wet spinning processes produce fibers from polymers and other materials by using tiny needles to eject continuous jets of liquid precursors. The electrically charged liquids ejected from the needles normally exhibit a chaotic "whipping" structure as they enter a secondary liquid that surrounds the microscopic jets. [More]
Microfluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip Technologies Help Develop Piezoelectric Transducer-Powered Acoustofluidic Pump

Microfluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip Technologies Help Develop Piezoelectric Transducer-Powered Acoustofluidic Pump

Researchers at Penn State have demonstrated an acoustofluidic pump powered by a piezoelectric transducer about the size of a quarter. This reliable, inexpensive, programmable pump is a crucial feature for lab-on-a-chip devices that could make the diagnosis of many global life-threatening diseases easy and affordable. [More]
Research Helps Identify Mechanism behind Formation of Nanosheets at Oil-Water Interface

Research Helps Identify Mechanism behind Formation of Nanosheets at Oil-Water Interface

Scientists, including University of Oregon chemist Geraldine Richmond, have tapped oil and water to create scaffolds of self-assembling, synthetic proteins called peptoid nanosheets that mimic complex biological mechanisms and processes. [More]