A new inexpensive lab-on-chip manufacturing method could help bring point of care health to remote and impoverished areas.
Created by a team from Stanford University, the lab on a chip was manufactured using a regular inkjet printer to print commercially available conductive ink onto a flexible sheet of polyester. Cells are isolated by an electric current sent through the device, allowing the device to separate individual cells from very small samples—previously possible only with expensive lab equipment.
According to the researchers, a single chip can be manufactured in about twenty minutes, with no clean room or specially trained personnel required, at a cost of just a few cents per unit.
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