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Biomicrofluidics. 2013 Jan;7(1):11302. doi: 10.1063/1.4789751. Epub 2013 Jan 31.

Chip in a lab: Microfluidics for next generation life science research.

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Biodynamic Optical Imaging Center (BIOPIC), Peking University, Beijing 100871, China ; College of Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China.

Abstract

Microfluidic circuits are characterized by fluidic channels and chambers with a linear dimension on the order of tens to hundreds of micrometers. Components of this size enable lab-on-a-chip technology that has much promise, for example, in the development of point-of-care diagnostics. Micro-scale fluidic circuits also yield practical, physical, and technological advantages for studying biological systems, enhancing the ability of researchers to make more precise quantitative measurements. Microfluidic technology has thus become a powerful tool in the life science research laboratory over the past decade. Here we focus on chip-in-a-lab applications of microfluidics and survey some examples of how small fluidic components have provided researchers with new tools for life science research.

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