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Scientists Should Think Like Marketers: The Organ on a Chip Case

Scientists Should Think Like Marketers: The Organ on a Chip Case

Science and technology are becoming more democratized, and more a part of public debate. At the same time, there is great distrust towards advanced biomedical and life sciences technology1. Public relations and controversy management are very important, but underrated, skills for scientists. It is a good practice to make a habit of imagining how a topic or technology may be presented by the media and perceived by the public. Organ on a chip devices may be a good exercise on how scientists could influence how their work may be received. (more…)

Role of Microfluidics in Targeted Next Generation Sequencing

Role of Microfluidics in Targeted Next Generation Sequencing

Sequencing has created a lot of buzz in the last few decades and now is a big industry with many commercially available machines that can sequence genes ranging from few to billions of bases. On the other hand, several microfluidic platforms have been developed to improve the sequencing technology1,2 ranging from sample enrichment to the final read of the gene sequence, with many of them being commercialized. Sample enrichment is one of the major requirements for sequencing, its efficiency is very important which can be achieved by microfluidic approaches1. This article emphasizes that microfluidics is vital for the development of advanced DNA sequencing techniques, for instance, Targeted-Next Generation Sequencing (NGS). (more…)