Medical diagnoses and DNA sequencing can be made cheaper, faster and more reliable using a new miniaturised technique for gel electrophoresis based on conducting polymer materials, according to researchers at Linköping University.
Cheaper, faster and more reliable
"One of our strategies is to find ways to use these materials, developed for the printed electronics industry, in applications other than electronics and optoelectronics. We hope that this result will accelerate the automation and miniaturisation of gel electrophoresis, which in turn can make medical diagnoses and DNA sequencing cheaper, faster, and more reliable," says Assoc. Prof. Nathaniel Robinson, leader of the research group, on their "work as a logical extension of previous studies on conducting polymer electrodes in electrokinetic systems."
The technology will be further developed by the university start-up company LunaMicro AB.
Article: Conducting Polymer Electrodes for Gel Electrophoresis by Katarina Bengtsson, Sara Nilsson and Nathaniel D. Robinson. PLoS ONE open access February 2014.
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Åke Hjelm 2014-03-03