droplet microfluidics

The UK-based firm recently launched its Nadia system, which is compatible with the Drop-seq protocol, and plans to develop additional applications. 

As part of a new partnership, Partek Flow NGS analysis software will help researchers access single-cell RNA sequences without the need for bioinformatics expertise.

A new assay uses digital loop-mediated isothermal amplification (dLAMP) to perform phenotypic antibacterial susceptibility testing in 30 minutes.

The company acquired GnuBio, which was developing a droplet-based sequencing platform, in 2014 for $39.7 million in cash and $10 million in contingent payments. 

With growing interest in single-cell sequencing, researchers are looking to increase the throughput while also reducing cost.

The aim of the project, called Metafluidics, is to replace cumbersome conventional approaches with a cheaper, faster, and higher-throughput microfluidics platform.

The technology uses DNAzyme-based sensors, fluorescent biomarkers, and a high-throughput particle counter to rapid identify rare targets in complex raw samples.

Researchers from the University of Michigan are beginning to use Drop-Seq to characterize human kidney cells.

After scrapping initial plans to develop a diagnostic instrument, the company has been working for several years to advance its single-cell droplet platform for targeted drug development.

The method simplifies previous techniques, and preliminary testing using a microfluidic device indicates it could ultimately be used in low-resource settings.

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The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

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In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.