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The University of British Columbia has announced the discovery of an elegant new method for analyzing tissue DNA–one cell at a time. This marks a turning point in cancer research. DNA/silicone chip combinations are becoming popular in emerging geno-analytics. Here’s a snippet of the UBC announcement, written by Brian Kladko:
UBC researchers have invented a silicone chip that could make genetic analysis far more sensitive, rapid, and cost-effective by allowing individual cells to fall into place like balls in a pinball machine.
The UBC device – about the size of a nine-volt battery – allows scientists to simultaneously analyze 300 cells individually by routing fluid carrying cells through microscopic tubes and valves. Once isolated into their separate chambers, the cells’ RNA can be extracted and replicated for further analysis.