Labcyte has announced an acoustic-based system that can sort cells based upon acoustic or other properties and then eject them specifically from a mixed population.
Rich Ellson, chief technical officer for Labcyte, said: 'Until this...
cells have been differentiated by optical methods.
This patent doubles the detection methods available.
'Coupled with the acoustic detection of cells is the specific selection and transfer of cells acoustically.
'Cell transfer via acoustic methods is gentle and eliminates the effects of shear stress seen when cells are pushed through a narrow tube, as is done with pipette tips." 'Our technology significantly improves the results of high-throughput screening in drug discovery as well as genomic research, including applications in PCR-based gene expression, RNAi studies and SNP analyses.
He added: 'Our platform technology is also being applied in other fields such as array formation, the microencapsulation of compounds, mono-dispersed particle production, proteomics research, the transfer of ultra-viscous materials, cell-based biology and imaging mass spectrometry.'