A biochip that helps spot cystic fibrosis mutations during prenatal screening is now being deployed by Thermo Electron (www.thermo.com) and Quest Diagnostics (www.questdiagnostics.com). Thermo Electron developed a chip called CF Portrait, using its Optical ImmunoAssay technology to detect cystic fibrosis via tests formulated by Quest's Nichols Institute Diagnostics subsidiary. The chips are made with thin-film techniques that permit placing assay probes on a wafer. The chip is currently being used by Quest to help shorten turnaround time for the test.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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