This Week in Nature

In this week's Nature, researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison present a review of the development of microfluidics and offer perspectives on how such technologies might be used to improve diagnostics and biology research. They detail progress made by lab-on-a-chip microtechnologies and discuss the areas where they have had the greatest impact, while touching on future paths of development.

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