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Types of Biosensors and Evolving Applications: Glucose Monitoring to Personalized Health
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Since its origins in the 1960s, the biosensors field has grown to encompass a wide range of sensors, from enzyme-based to immunosensors to DNA biosensors. Along with this, a diverse set of applications have flourished, with biosensors finding roles in food safety, medical diagnostics, and environmental analysis to name just a few.

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Isolating Exosomes for Cancer Diagnostics
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Exosomes offer a promising avenue for the minimally invasive diagnosis and monitoring of a range of cancers. Overcoming the challenges of isolating these small vesicles from biofluids could lead to wider adoption of exosome technologies in the clinic, and eventually translate into earlier detection and improved treatment plans for cancer patients.

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Microfluidics for Cell Culture and Analysis
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From the initial vision of re-creating entire chemistry laboratories on chips, microfluidics has evolved into niche applications for cell culture and analytical science.

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A New Approach to Hemoglobin Analysis
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To overcome some of the limitations of conventional methods of hemoglobin analysis, researchers from the University of Washington have recently developed a new approach utilizing microfluidics.

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Origami-based Fast, Reconfigurable Flow Switch for Paper Microfluidics
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Researchers have recently developed a new type of switch for paper microfluidics made out of folded chromatography paper, published in Lab on a Chip. We spoke to Santosh Pandey, Associate Professor, Iowa State University, to learn more about the origami-based switch and the advantages it can offer.

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Organoids: The mini-organs advancing the study of human development and disease
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A "hot topic" in the last few years, organoids are becoming very attractive tools to study human development and disease.

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Smartphones: Making Diagnostics Mobile
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Since the introduction of the first iPhone in 2007, smartphones have transformed many aspects of society, changing the way people communicate, shop and access entertainment. The impact they could have on global health is also increasingly being realised.

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The Microfluidics Industry is Already Looking for the Next Killer Application
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To learn more about the evolution of microfluidics and some of the applications driving growth in this area, we spoke to Sébastien Clerc and Dr Marjorie Villien, Yole Développement.

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The Growing Role of Microfluidics in Point-of-Care Diagnostics
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Since the development of the first commercially available devices in the 1990’s, microfluidic technologies have been evolving to benefit an ever-greater range of applications. Over the last decade, one particularly promising real-world application to emerge has been Point-of-Care (POC) diagnostics.

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Key Challenges and Pain Points in the Global Laboratory Market
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To better understand the key challenges and pain points in the global laboratory market, Agilent commissioned Frost & Sullivan to carry out an independent survey of 700 scientists across the laboratory employee spectrum. Here we highlight a selection of the survey’s key findings.

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