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New advances in microfluidic flow cytometry
- Gong, Yanli, Fan, Na, Yang, Xu, Peng, Bei, Jiang, Hai
- Electrophoresis 2019 v.40 no.8 pp. 1212-1229
- diagnostic techniques, electrophoresis, flow cytometry, microchip technology, microfluidic technology, point-of-care testing, Africa, Asia
- In recent years, researchers are paying the increasing attention to the development of portable microfluidic diagnostic devices including microfluidic flow cytometry for the point‐of‐care testing. Microfluidic flow cytometry, where microfluidics and flow cytometry work together to realize novel functionalities on the microchip, provides a powerful tool for measuring the multiple characteristics of biological samples. The development of a portable, low‐cost, and compact flow cytometer can benefit the health care in underserved areas such as Africa or Asia. In this article, we review recent advancements of microfluidics including sample pumping, focusing and sorting, novel detection approaches, and data analysis in the field of flow cytometry. The challenge of microfluidic flow cytometry is also examined briefly.