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A software-programmable microfluidic device for automated biology

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Abstract

Specific-purpose microfluidic devices have had considerable impact on the biological and chemical sciences, yet their use has largely remained limited to specialized laboratories. Here we present a general-purpose software-programmable microfluidic device which is capable of performing a multitude of low- and high-level functions without requiring any hardware modifications. To demonstrate the applicability and modularity of the device we implemented a variety of applications such as a microfluidic display, fluid metering and active mixing, surface immunoassays, and cell culture. We believe that analogously to personal computers, programmable, general-purpose devices will increase the accessibility and advance the pervasiveness of microfluidic technology.

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The article was received on 28 Oct 2010, accepted on 15 Feb 2011 and first published on 17 Mar 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C0LC00537A
Citation: Lab Chip, 2011,11, 1612-1619
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    A software-programmable microfluidic device for automated biology

    L. M. Fidalgo and S. J. Maerkl, Lab Chip, 2011, 11, 1612
    DOI: 10.1039/C0LC00537A

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