Medical Robotics

Cellular Level Micromachine

Posted 22 Aug 2001 at 00:05 UTC by steve Share This

Sandia National Labs has developed a micromachine that can manipulate individual human blood cells. The tiny machine contains drive motors, microfluidic channels, and manipulators jaws. It can grasp and release blood cells, one at a time, at a rate of 10 per second. The next step is to add a tiny needle so that blood or stem cells can be injected with DNA, proteins, or drugs. The full press release is available online.

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