By Ben Butkus

A University of Chicago research group has published a pair of scientific papers demonstrating proof of concept for a multivolume digital PCR method; a microfluidic chip technology for performing it; and its potential use in HIV or hepatitis C viral load monitoring.

According to the researchers, their method has a higher dynamic range than other digital PCR approaches, and the enabling technology — called SlipChip — is easier to use and less expensive than comparable digital PCR platforms.

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