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A single channel splits into two micro-channels.
A Beating Heart on a Chip
Researchers used organ chips to mimic conditions that help heart cells mature.
A Beating Heart on a Chip
A Beating Heart on a Chip

Researchers used organ chips to mimic conditions that help heart cells mature.

Researchers used organ chips to mimic conditions that help heart cells mature.

microfluidics

Microfluidics: Biology’s Liquid Revolution
Laura Tran, PhD | Feb 26, 2024 | 8 min read
Microfluidic systems redefined biology by providing platforms that handle small fluid volumes, catalyzing advancements in cellular and molecular studies.
Fluorescently labeled neuron cell bodies in blue in the center compartment of a three-compartment microfluidic chamber grow through tiny grooves to enter the left and the right chambers, where they extend axons fibers, also shown in blue.
Visualizing Axon Pruning
Tiffany Garbutt, PhD | Oct 2, 2023 | 2 min read
During development, neurons trim hundreds of excess axons in an intricately coordinated destructive process.
Still Waters Run Deep: Getting the Most Out of Cell Separation Using Automated Laminar Flow Technology
The Scientist and Curiox | 3 min read
A gentle, interoperable alternative to centrifuging uses passive settling to improve cell viability and retention.
Learn How Researchers are Building Brains
Major Advances in Mini Brain Bioengineering
The Scientist | Mar 31, 2023 | 1 min read
Explore the latest developments in brain organoid production.
2022 Top 10 Innovations 
2022 Top 10 Innovations
The Scientist | Dec 12, 2022 | 10+ min read
This year’s crop of winning products features many with a clinical focus and others that represent significant advances in sequencing, single-cell analysis, and more.
A section of a mouse distal colon showing luminal contents with bacteria in magenta, the mucus lining (green) and the epithelial cell barrier of the gut (blue, right).
Mapping the Neighborhoods of the Gut Microbiome
Abby Olena, PhD | Jul 1, 2022 | 7 min read
Researchers are going beyond fecal samples to understand how the patterns of commensal microbes in the gastrointestinal tract influence development and health.
Caught on Camera
The Scientist | Dec 1, 2019 | 1 min read
Selected Images of the Day from the-scientist.com
c. elegans sleep microfluidics
Microfluidic Chambers Trigger Sleep in C. elegans
Alejandra Manjarrez, PhD | Nov 19, 2019 | 4 min read
This newly described behavior occurs spontaneously, but can be modulated by food availability, temperature, and the size of the chambers.
Infographic: Remote-Controlled Nerves
Ruth Williams | Oct 1, 2019 | 1 min read
A tiny implanted optofluidic device enables researchers to control mouse nerves without touching the animals.
Remote Control of Peripheral Nerves
Ruth Williams | Oct 1, 2019 | 3 min read
An implantable wireless device with microfluidic and optical components allows manipulation of individual nerve fibers in mice’s extremities.
Image of the Day: Mother Machine
Emily Makowski | Sep 20, 2019 | 1 min read
Bacteria grow and divide in microfluidic channels.
RNA droplets
Image of the Day: Liquid Compartments
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 28, 2019 | 1 min read
Membraneless organelles appear highly sensitive to ion concentrations in their environment.
Image of the Day: Bend and Stretch
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 15, 2018 | 1 min read
Circuits made from a novel material are more flexible than ever before.  
2017 Top 10 Innovations
The Scientist | Dec 1, 2017 | 10+ min read
From single-cell analysis to whole-genome sequencing, this year's best new products shine on many levels.
Smoking on a Chip
The Scientist | Aug 31, 2017 | 1 min read
A new device from the Wyss Institute at Harvard University simulates the effects of cigarette smoke on human lungs.
Menstruation on a Chip
The Scientist | Aug 29, 2017 | 1 min read
This device models the female reproductive tract and might lead scientists to a greater understanding of fibroids, cancer, and infertility.
Organs on Chips
Diana Kwon | Aug 28, 2017 | 7 min read
Scientists hope that these devices will one day replace animal models of disease and help advance personalized medicine.
The Mechanobiology Garage
Andy Tay | Jul 16, 2017 | 7 min read
New tools for investigating how physical forces affect cells
Mini-Metagenomics Leads to Microbial Discovery
Abby Olena, PhD | Jul 14, 2017 | 3 min read
Researchers develop a method that combines the strengths of shotgun metagenomics and single-cell genome sequencing in a microfluidics-based platform.
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