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Web Date: April 24, 2012

Microfluidic Device Quickly Tests Antibiotic Effectiveness

Medical Diagnostics: Rotating beads measure bacterial growth
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Life Sciences
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Analytical SCENE
Keywords: antibiotics, microfluidics, medical diagnostics, magnetic beads, bacteria

A new microfluidic device spins magnetic microbeads to measure the proliferation of bacteria in minutes (Anal. Chem., DOI: 10.1021/ac300128p). The method could offer doctors a fast way to test the vulnerability of specific bacterial strains to antibiotics, its developers say, enabling better choices of medications for patients with stubborn infections.

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