[sarex] NO FOOLIN - LAB ON A CHIP
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Sat Apr 7 03:33:36 PDT 2007
> No Foolin' -- 'Lab on a Chip' Works!
> 04.06.2007-SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
> April 6, 2007: "What a huge relief," says Norman Wainwright of the
Charles River Laboratories in Charleston, SC. "The whole technical team
was delighted that it worked so well."
>He's talking about a miniature biological laboratory just tested for
the first time onboard the International Space Station. Called LOCAD-PTS
(short for Lab-On-a-Chip Application Development–Portable Test System),
the mini-lab detects the presence of bacteria or fungi on the surfaces
of a spacecraft far more rapidly than standard methods of culturing.
> Right: LOCAD-PTS, a handheld biological laboratory for space travel.
> "The ability to monitor microorganisms would be especially important
on long space voyages, not only to check the health of astronauts but
also to monitor electronics and structural materials, which can be
corroded or otherwise damaged by certain fungi and bacteria," says
Wainwright, the experiment's principal investigator. LOCAD-PTS is
designed so that "astronauts can do the analysis onboard with no need to
return samples to laboratories on Earth.
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