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New Method Manipulates Particles for Sensors, Crime Scene Testing
June 7, 2010
Researchers at Purdue University have developed a potential new tool for medical diagnostics, testing food and water for contamination, and crime-scene forensics. The technique uses a combination of light and electric fields to position droplets and tiny particles, such as bacteria, viruses and DNA, that are contained inside the drops.
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