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Rubber biochips get sophisticated

  August 4/11, 2008
Pretreat portions of the rubber sheets that will form the channels and containers of disposable biochips, and after the biochips are made you can put microscopic pores, patterns and electrodes on channel and container side walls.

Prototypes include a three-dimensional scaffold for growing cells.

The process promises to lower the cost and increase the availability of medical tests.

Research paper:
Flexible Fluidic Microchips Based on Thermoformed and Locally Modified Thin Polymer Films
Lab on a Chip, published online July 24, 2008

Researchers' homepage:
Institute for Microstructure Technology

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Shape memory boosts biochips -- a related rubber biochip development

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