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Breakthrough Microfluidic System Capable of Merging, Mixing, and Splitting Microdroplets
Researchers from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw have constructed the first microfluidic system that allows for merging, transporting, and splitting of microdroplets. Because of this breakthrough, hundreds of different bacteria cultures can now be maintained simultaneously in a single system, which could speed up the research on resistance of bacteria to antibiotics. The new microsystem is composed of two branches of microchannels forming densely arranged zigzags. Up to a few hundred droplets, at a distance of about one centimeter from each other, can circulate in the microchannels. The microdroplets move in a pendular movement from one branch to the other.
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