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Thumb-size Microsystem Enables Cell Culture and Incubation


October 2, 2007

thumb-sized micro-incubator Integrating silicon microchip technology with a network of tiny fluid channels, some thinner than a human hair, researchers have developed a thumb-size micro-incubator to culture living cells for lab tests. Full Story

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Johns Hopkins University

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