Lab-on-a-chip drastically improves research times

The lab-on-a-chip technology is one of the fastest growing research markets, because of its huge benefits to research times. But what is this technology and how does it improve research times? To answer these questions it is important to first take a look at the concept of this technology, which gives great insight and clearly shows the advantages.

How does lab-on-a-chip work?

The chips that are made with this technology are relatively simple, but because they are made at a very small scale, the execution itself is quite hard. But because the chips are made of two simple building blocks, they can be easily expanded and modified to behave the way it is needed. These two building blocks are channel structures for fluids and laboratory functions, which together control the fluids and perform tests on them. So using different kinds of channels and laboratory functions, the chips can be customized to perform different tasks.

What can be done with this technology?

Because of the versatility of this technology, it can be adapted to different situations. In the medical analysis these chips are already used for many kinds of analysis. Medical professionals do not have to wait days to get the test results back, but instead get immediate results within minutes. For example, important medical levels like sodium levels can be measured and reacted on within 10 minutes. Compared with traditional trip to the laboratory this drastically reduces time. The same applies to medical research. There is already lab-on-a-chip technology available to analyse DNA, which makes research much faster and allows for researchers to react faster to their results. Lab-on-a-chip therefore is a technology that can drastically cut research time and is certainly going to improve research in different areas.