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Sorting cells with sound waves
August 25, 2014
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University and Carnegie Mellon University have devised a new way to separate cells by exposing them to sound waves as they flow through a tiny channel. Their device, about the size of a dime, could be used to detect extremely rare tumor cells that circulate in cancer patients' blood, helping doctors predict whether a tumor is going to spread.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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