MIT invents ‘lab on a chip’ to automate gene studies


August 20, 2007

The new “lab on a chip” can automatically treat, sort and image small animals like the 1-millimeter C. elegans worm, accelerating research and eliminating human error, said Mehmet Yanik, MIT assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science. Yanik and his colleagues described their device in the advance online issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the week of Aug. 20. “Lab on a chip” technologies are being developed to sort and image individual cells, but this is the first device that can be used to study whole animals.

The lead author of the paper is Chris Rohde, a graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science (EECS). Other authors of the paper are Matthew Angel (former Hugh Hampton Young Fellow), a graduate student in EECS, Fei Zeng, a postdoctoral fellow in the Research Laboratory of Electronics, and Ricardo Gonzalez-Rubio, a graduate student in biological engineering. Read more on Phys.Org.

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