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An automated, parallel processing approach to biomolecular sample preparation

: Mirsky, P.; Chatterjee, A.; Sauer-Budge, A.F.; Sharon, A.


Journal of Laboratory Automation : JALA 17 (2012), No.2, pp.116-124
ISSN: 2211-0682
ISSN: 1535-5535
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IPT ()

Sample preparation for DNA and RNA assays is a prime candidate for laboratory automation. A novel, parallel processing device that performs the three separate liquid-handling functions necessary for such sample preparation-dispensing, pipetting, and pressurizing-is presented. The device comprises an array of fine nozzles connected by fluidic channels to automatically and precisely distribute flow between one source and an array of points. The design principles, as well as the experimental and computational methods used to develop the device, are described. Test results, including accuracy, uniformity, volume range, and timing, are presented. The functionality of the device is demonstrated by performing a solid-phase extraction of DNA with two types of microcolumns.