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Web Date: October 17, 2011

One Chip To Sample Extraterrestrial Chemicals

Lab on a Chip: Microfluidic device analyzes amino acids from start to finish
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE
Keywords: : lab on a chip, capillary electrophoresis, amino acids, extraterrestrial, microfluidics, JPL, NASA

A new lab-on-a-chip device can analyze a fluid sample for the presence of amino acids, making the device the first to complete such a task in a single microdevice without intervention or auxiliary components (Anal. Chem., DOI: 10.1021/ac202095k).

To sample biologically relevant molecules in extraterrestrial environments such as Mars or Titan, devices need to withstand the rigors of space, says chemist Peter A. Willis, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at California Institute of . . .

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