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Web Date: July 29, 2014

New Pipette Picks Up Single Cells

Device will simplify isolation of individual cells for biochemical examination
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Economy, Life Sciences
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Biological SCENE, JACS In C&EN
Keywords: microfluidics, cell analysis, cell sorting, FACS

Researchers are keen to profile individual cells, particularly cancer cells because they can have different genetics and respond to drugs differently. But isolating single cells can be a tricky business. That’s what Lidong Qin’s group at the Houston Methodist Research Institute found when they began collaborating with cancer genetics experts. So, when the team couldn’t find an easy technique, they developed one instead, creating a handheld pipette that catches single cells and . . .

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