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Scientists from the University of Exeter’s Living Systems Institute have developed a flow cytometer that can move individual cells between “virtually” separate microfluidic channels — thereby exposing them to a substance that can induce a cellular response. With the instrument, called the functional phenotype flow cytometer (FPFC), the scientists were able to sort cells by their function and by the strength of their response, in greater granularity than previously possible.
The examination and separation of single cells based on their response to stimuli could improve personalized medicine by detecting whether a specific drug is likely to be effective for a patient before administration. The team’s flow…READ MORE