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August 15th, 2007
Microfluidics: Like Computer Chips With Plumbing
Microfluidic devices are a lot like computer chips with plumbing. They will likely become an integral part of all sorts of medical technology -- once all of the tricky physics problems are worked out.
On Monday at the 3rd International Conference on Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore, David Weitz of the department of physics at Harvard University showed that he and his team can make microfluidic devices that do all sorts of tricks. They can sort tiny drops of liquid, split them apart, combine them, and even make remarkably identical drops inside of drops. One of his students even founded a startup company, RainDance Technologies, to commercialize chips that can do those tricks.
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