We’d never considered a career in biochemistry until we saw this wild beast of a chemical microprocessor. Microfluidic chips, used to test chemical reactions and properties, have been known to be smaller, but they’ve never before been quite this powerful. The result of a joint study between California State University, UCLA and China’s Wuhan University, the “integrated microfluidic device” is capable of performing 1,024 in situ chemical reactions at a time, making the researcher’s life, oh, about 1,024 times easier. Most importantly though, costly enzymes previously used for a single test can now be split up into hundreds and tested simultaneously, which should pave the way for exponentially faster and easier medical research. It’s not clear when these will be widely available, but we’re sure PhDs around the world are trying to order one as we speak.
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