Biomicrofluidics is an online-only journal published by the American Institute of Physics to rapidly disseminate research in elucidating fundamental physicochemical mechanisms associated with microfluidic and nanofluidic phenomena as well as novel microfluidic and nanofluidic techniques for diagnostic, medical, biological, pharmaceutical, environmental, and chemical applications.
Device may detect urinary tract infections faster
Urinary tract infections can quickly move from being a merely miserable experience to a life-threatening condition. Untreated cases may trigger sepsis, which occurs when the immune system, in an attempt to fight off the infection, ...
Better views of slimy substances
Scientists can now see biofilms, structured communities of microbes, in 3D and real time thanks to a laboratory instrument developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The instrument-a microfluidic reactor called System ...
Lab-on-a-chip device detects cryptosporidium in as little as 10 minutes
For a healthy individual, an infection of Cryptosporidium parvum may mean nothing more than a few days of bad diarrhea. For someone with a compromised immune system, it can mean death, following an excruciating, protracted ...
Bacteria harbor secret weapons against antibiotics
The ability of pathogenic bacteria to evolve resistance to antibiotic drugs poses a growing threat to human health worldwide. And scientists have now discovered that some of our microscopic enemies may be even craftier than ...
Lab tests made cheaper with chips
(Phys.org) —University of New South Wales PhD candidate Ryan Pawell hopes a manufacturing technique he created will cut the cost of medical diagnostics to a few dollars per experiment or test.
New technology for bioseparation
Separating target molecules in biological samples is a critical part of diagnosing and detecting diseases. Usually the target and probe molecules are mixed and then separated in batch processes that require multiple pipetting, ...
Catching cancer early by chasing it
Reaching a clinic in time to receive an early diagnosis for cancer—when the disease is most treatable—is a global problem. And now a team of Chinese researchers proposes a global solution: have a user-friendly diagnostic ...
Sorting stem cells
When an embryonic stem cell is in the first stage of its development it has the potential to grow into any type of cell in the body, a state scientists call undifferentiated.
Engineers use droplet microfluidics to create glucose-sensing microbeads
Tiny beads may act as minimally invasive glucose sensors for a variety of applications in cell culture systems and tissue engineering
New ways to stretch DNA and other organic molecules
By taking advantage of the unique patterns generated when two immiscible fluids flow together, scientists have developed a new tool for studying tiny biomolecules.