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Takeaways from the 2011 Wyss Institute Microfluidics & Medicine Symposium (part 1)

Last month I attended the Wyss Institute’s Symposium on Microfluidics and Medicine, a fantastic gathering of some of the most influential people in microfluidics from around the world. While many speakers were from academia, it was different from a typical academic conference because (in the spirit of the new Wyss Insitute) the focus was on how microfluidics could be launched […]

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GnuBio: Will droplet-based sequencing from the Weitz lab win the race?

Forget the $1000 genome. Forget the $100 genome. GnuBio, a new startup out of the Weitz lab at Harvard, proposed a $30 genome yesterday at the Consumer Genetics Conference in Boston. Less than five years ago, the goal for inexpensive sequencing was $1000 per genome, the number believed to be the threshold at which doctors […]

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Microfluidic computation: Manu Prakash’s work on bubble logic

Microfluidic devices have been described as  “computer chips with plumbing.”  But could microfluidics actually be used for computation?  Manu Prakash thinks so.  As a student in Neil Gershenfeld’s lab at MIT, Prakash developed a system of microfluidic devices that use bubbles to perform Boolean logic functions (e.g., AND/OR/NOT) normally seen in electronic circuits.  Since graduating […]

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Agresti talk on drop-based microfluidic screening

Now that fall is approaching along with the beginning of the academic year, Boston has exploded with activity. There are a ton of upcoming events related to microfluidics/BioMEMS/medicine that I will be highlighting in the next few days. While all of the talks are in the Boston area, links to audio/video recordings will be listed […]

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