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Archive for December, 2018

How is Microfluidics Used in Aging Research?

How is Microfluidics Used in Aging Research?

Aging has been always a significant concern for mankind and they have been seeking a solution to overcome this challenge from the beginning. Biology as a scientific method presents important approaches which can revolutionize aging studies. Approaches that improve understanding of the underlying molecular mechanisms of aging, as well as their contributions to age-associated diseases. Studying the replicative aging phenomenon in the budding yeast has led to significant findings on how aging is regulated by evolutionarily conserved enzymes and molecular pathways. Identifying and characterizing the factors that modulate longevity is central to understanding the basic mechanisms of aging. Among model organisms used for research related to aging, the budding yeast has proven to be an important system for defining pathways that influence lifespan. Replicative lifespan is defined by the number of daughter cells a mother cell can produce before senescing. Over the past 10 years, replicative life span analysis has been performed on several thousand yeast strains, identifying several hundred genes that influence replicative longevity.1 (more…)

Exploring Possibilities and Bridging the Gaps in Microfluidics Research

Exploring Possibilities and Bridging the Gaps in Microfluidics Research

Microfluids has come very far since its origin1 and found applications in a broad range of fields. It would be better if I skip the common applications as readers of the blog might be well aware of these applications and bring your attention towards unexplored and emerging new directions in liquid crystal research. The field of microfluidics has barely crossed lines with liquid crystals – nature’s delicate phase of mater2. Liquid crystals are wonderful materials not only because of their beautiful, vibrant textures or their ubiquitous use in the flat panel display technology but also because of their unique molecular alignment which gives them an orientational order like solid and flow properties of liquids. This is why they are sometimes referred to as the fourth state of matter. (more…)