Method and Device for Reading an Emulsion
The present invention relates to a method for reading an emulsion (3) comprising drops and a continuous phase surrounding the drops, wherein said method comprises: two-dimensional scanning of the emulsion (3), and construction of a two-dimensional image of the emulsion (3) on the basis of said scanning. Preferably, the drops do not move during the scanning, this being achieved, for example, by solidifying the continuous phase or by using a compact or semi-compact two-dimensional network of drops. The method according to the invention may also comprise monitoring over time a chemical or biological reaction taking place in at least one of the drops. The invention also relates to a device which implements this method. Use in the detection and/or sorting of microdrops playing the role of microreactors or containing specific cells or molecules, in fields such as gene expression or diagnosis.
BAUDRY JEAN [FR]; SYLVESTRE JULIEN [FR]; BIBETTE JEROME [FR]; BOITARD LAURENT [FR]; BREMOND NICOLAS [FR]
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