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Biotechnol J. 2013 Feb;8(2):192-205. doi: 10.1002/biot.201200129. Epub 2012 Nov 19.

Microfluidic tools for developmental studies of small model organisms--nematodes, fruit flies, and zebrafish.

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School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA.

Abstract

Studying the genetics of development with small model organisms such as the zebrafish (Danio Rerio), the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster), and the soil-dwelling nematode (Caenorhabditis elegans), provide unique opportunities for understanding related processes and diseases in humans. These model organisms also have potential for use in drug discovery and toxicity-screening applications. There have been sweeping developments in microfabrication and microfluidic technologies for manipulating and imaging small objects, including small model organisms, which allow high-throughput quantitative biological studies. Here, we review recent progress in microfluidic tools able to manipulate small organisms and project future directions and applications of these techniques and technologies.

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23161817
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PMC3918482
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10.1002/biot.201200129
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