alexa Environmental microbiology-on-a-chip and its future impacts.
Environmental Sciences

Environmental Sciences

Journal of Bioremediation & Biodegradation

Author(s): Liu WT, Zhu L

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Abstract Rapid advances in microfabrication, DNA and protein microarray and microfluidic technologies have enabled the development of fully-integrated, miniaturized systems. These so called 'laboratory-on-a-chip' (LOC) devices perform sample preparation (i.e. concentration, separation and purification) together with biochemical reactions and detection steps in a simple and automated manner. We believe LOC technology for environmental microbiology studies will have immediate impacts on microbial monitoring by achieving detection and identification within minutes at the single-cell level, and on microbial ecology by deepening the understanding of microbial community structure and diversity and correlating these with niche-specific functions within a micro space. In the long run, significant impacts are anticipated on environmental metagenomics and proteomics. This article was published in Trends Biotechnol and referenced in Journal of Bioremediation & Biodegradation

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