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Tracking biological cells with microcell arrays, fourth place in 2012 SMART 100

For researchers who are assessing new strategies to battle cancer, unlocking the power of stem cells or pioneering formulas for new drugs, it takes extreme patience to peer into a microscope every day and observe the smallest units of life that make up all of us. Even more demanding is working with a multitude of cells at once and, when testing their reactions to experiments, sorting out which is which. Microcell arrays provide a way for people in these professions to track cells over several days' time.

Microcell Arrays (SMART 100)

We realised that we could not track the position of certain types of biological cells for more then one hour without losing sight of them under the microscope. The research that was being conducted relied on infecting a specific cell then waiting for 3-5 days to see if the cell was infected, died, divided or nothing happened. Microcell Arrays allows the cells to be placed under a microscope multiple times over multiple days and you know exactly which cells you are tracking without having to rely on assumptions and statistics.

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